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Passenger injured in turbulence on SpiceJet flight dead

Last month, Akbar Ansari, a passenger who was injured in the turbulence on a SpiceJet flight in early May, died.

Family members of Ansari, who was 48, said he was on ventilator support for more than a month before he succumbed to his injuries on September 26.

On May 1, a SpiceJet Mumbai-Durgapur flight encountered severe turbulence during the descent phase, injuring 14 passengers and three cabin crew members.

Family members alleged that Ansari did not receive proper treatment.

According to the death certificate issued by the Durgapur Mission Hospital, on September 29, Akbar Ansari, 48, died of “septic shock” caused by polytrauma with spinal injury.

SpiceJet said on Saturday that “the passenger who was injured during the severe turbulence encountered by the SpiceJet flight on May 1, 2022, unfortunately died last month.

The company has “extended” all possible assistance including taking care of the passenger’s medical and hospital expenses, it said in a statement, adding that “compensation is being paid as per norms.

“Two of the injured passengers – one with a head injury and another with a spinal injury have been admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Durgapur (West Bengal),” aviation safety regulator DGCA said in a statement in May.

This is reportedly the second death of a passenger in India due to severe flight turbulence.

In 1980, an Indian Airlines flight at Rampurhat in West Bengal experienced severe turbulence, reportedly killing two of the 132 people on board.

Recalling the May 1 incident, Akhtar Ansari, Akbar’s brother, said, “I was sitting in the middle and Akbar (Ansari) was in the next seat. Suddenly a storm-like situation hit our plane and we felt a jolt.” There was chaos in the cabin.”

He claimed that the flight attendant did not properly warn of the turbulence.

“Unfortunately, my brother’s seat belt snapped at the first jerk. We tried to hold him, but the jerk was so strong that we could not hold him. He was badly injured,” Akhtar, who runs a fabric stitching unit in Mumbai’s Dharawi location, said.

Ansari suffered a fractured spine in the incident.

In a statement issued on Saturday, SpiceJet also said that the seat belt sign was on when the plane encountered turbulence.

“The pilots and crew made several announcements instructing passengers to remain seated and fasten their seat belts, which unfortunately some passengers did not comply with, resulting in injuries,” SpiceJet said in a statement on Sunday.

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