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Private jet flipped in superjumbo's wake

Private jet flipped in superjumbo's wake

In September 2012, a Virgin Australia Boeing 737 hit wake turbulence made by an Emirates A380 near Bali.

An investigation is underway after the wake from an Airbus A380, believed to have been flown by Emirates, almost caused a private jet to crash over the Arabian Sea on January 7.

Despite happening around almost three months ago, word of the incredible incident spread in the aviation world and was finally reported by Aviation World. There were nine passengers onboard at the time.

A number of the private jet's passengers were taken to the hospital, one of them with serious injuries.

The Aviation Herald also reported about the incident, speculating which Airbus might have been in the area and reporting the smaller private jet was probably about 1,000 feet away from the Airbus when it encountered the turbulence.

The plane was reportedly damaged beyond fix, but the pilot still managed to make a successful emergency landing in Muscat, Oman.

"With the A380 vs Challenger 604 incident, there is now growing concern amongst aircrews about the effects of the A380's wake turbulence", the Flight Service Bureau, an information source for air operators, told Travel Weekly.

Details of the incident will be revealed in a report by the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation, the publication said.

Wake turbulence is formed behind an aircraft as it flies through the air, much like a boat creates a wake in the water, reports the Daily Mail.

The bigger the plane, the bigger the wakes.

According to NBCNews.com, the private Bombardier Challenger 604 was flying from the Maldives to Berlin, Germany, on January 7 when it passed 1,000 feet under an Airbus A380 and into the massive plane's wake turbulence caused by the engines and wingtips.


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