Cape Town – A Zambian national, Miyanda Siamoongwa, flying to Hong Kong on SAA flight SA 286 was terrified when the flight suddenly hit massive turbulence half-way through the 14 hour long haul flight from Johannesburg.
Despite SA 286 being a large Airbus A340-300, the aircraft was tossed around like a toy in the sky and dropped like a stone for several hundred feet before finally gaining stability once again.
The FAA has banned U.S. Flight Routes Over Region and other nations’ air carriers have also adjusted flight routes to avoid the region:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially sent a Notice to all US flight operators barring all operations within the Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk regions of Eastern Ukraine following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The plane is though to have been shot down over the war-torn area.