Passenger dies after private jet hit by severe turbulence in US


The rare death of a passenger caused the flight to divert.

A passenger on a plane was injured and died on Friday after it was hit by severe turbulence. The private jet, a Bombardier Challenger 300, was carrying five people from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The incident forced the plane to divert to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, Boston sphere reported. The outlet went on to say that police responded to a call for medical attention at the airport at around 3:40 pm and transported a passenger to hospital.

Sarah Taylor Sulick, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board, told the Globe that she had no information about what happened to the passenger or if anyone else was injured.

The jet is owned by Conexon, a company based in Missouri, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) database. The company is working to provide high-speed internet in rural areas. It has so far not commented on the incident.

FlightAware, which tracks live flight data, said the plane took off from Keene airport at 3:55 p.m. and landed at Bradley airport 20 minutes later.

New York Post said the NTSB took the cockpit voice and data recorders (black box) to examine on board the flight and also to interview two crew members and the remaining passengers.

A preliminary report will be available in two to three weeks.

Turbulence remains an important source of fear of flying for pilots. It causes the abdomen to collapse, sometimes drinks to overflow, and in rare cases, bumps and bruises.

According to the National Weather Service in the US, turbulence is an erratic movement of the air due to eddies and vertical currents. It is one of the most unpredictable weather phenomena.

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