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How should an airline handle thunderstorms?

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2022 | Commercial Airline Accidents

While plane travel may seem like a convenient way for you to get from point A to point B, it can be a risky venture. In the event of a thunderstorm, wind shear and lightning can cause severe disruptions and endanger everyone on the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that thunderstorms and rain cause over 40% of flight delays between April and September. Here are some of the precautions your airline should take during a thunderstorm.

Before the flight

It is always better for your pilot to understand how he or she should handle a thunderstorm before the flight begins. Oftentimes, short-distance flights need 2-6 hours of planning while long-distance flights need 4-8 hours of planning. It is the air traffic manager’s job to assess weather patterns and predict how a thunderstorm might affect the flight. The manager may have to reroute the flight plan for everyone’s safety.

During the flight

If you are on a jet and the clouds are far below you, a thunderstorm may not pose any significant risk. The problem is when a thunderstorm goes above the convection current; in this type of situation, your pilot must circumvent the storm instead of trying to fly over it. The control tower may also have to ask the pilot to hold off before landing if there is turbulence around the destination airport.

Luckily, modern radars and communication systems have made it easier than ever for planes to navigate stormy skies. It is important for your airline to use these resources, follow all the rules and get you to your destination safely.