Myth: Turbulence can cause a plane crash
For many fliers, experiencing turbulence is the worst part of flying; however, pilots compare turbulence to bumps in the road. Planes are built to withstand turbulence and severe winds.
Patrick Smith, curator and host of AskThePilot.com and Author of Cockpit Confidential, said turbulence is not something he sees as a safety issue. He said it is a “very hands off situation” because pilots aren’t fighting turbulence with the controls.
“From a pilot’s perspective in all but the most unusual circumstances, we see turbulence as a comfort and convince issue but not a safety issue per say,” Smith said.
Technology is so advanced; pilots know the plane will not be impacted, only passengers' moods.
“During a flight, turbulence can have a large effect on the comfort of the flight, as strong turbulence can lead to a bumpy flight and large changes in altitude,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.
Turbulence, unsteady movement of air, is caused by winds and changes in air masses. Flight attendants, passengers with unfastened seat belts and lap children are at risk during turbulence.