A video shared online on Monday showed a state of horror experienced by passengers on board Buraq Air plane, which, according to activists, was about to fall during its trip from Benina Airport in Benghazi to Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport.
Buraq Air commented on the incident in a statement shortly, saying its Tripoli-bound plane was hit on Sunday with severe air turbulence at a height of 5000 feet caused by temperature gradient, which caused panic among the passengers.
The video, which went viral online, showed to the passengers screaming and crying while others were pronounceing the Shahada [the Islamic profession of faith] as the pilot was struggling to control the incident. Fortunately, he managed to stabilize the plane, preventing any untoward incident, and arrive safely at Mitiga Airport.
“Our pilots acted professionally and managed to fly the plane safely to its destination.” Reads Buraq Air statement.
The company added that what happened was a rare physical phenomenon, noting that its crew acted professionally and managed to fly the plane safely to its destination.
Clear-air turbulence (CAT) is the turbulent movement of air masses in the absence of any visual clues such as clouds, and is caused when bodies of air moving at widely different speeds meet.
CAT can be hazardous to the comfort, but rarely the safety, of air travelers.