Info: ABC News Australia
Qantas captain gets a round of applause as he recovered the flight from a fire-generated turbulence.
Qantas flight from Melbourne to Canberra (Australia) was flying over bushfires ravaging Victoria and New South Wales and the plane unexpectedly entered a fire-generated weather.
The weather was orange outside windows and suddenly turned into “pitch black” known as pyrocumulus cloud.
As the plane entered the fire-generated turbulence, it short dropped.
“It just got greyer and greyer,” … and “all of a sudden just pitch black, and that’s when the plane sort of dropped” said a passenger.
“There was one guy sort of swearing … I heard people down the front vomiting.”
Pyrocumulous clouds emerge when hot air from fires rises into the sky and cools, causing condensation and the formation of clouds.
Qantas Captain reacted quickly to hitting the unexpected turbulence, and “the pilots ascended to a higher altitude before taking a different approach into Canberra, where the aircraft had a normal landing,” said the Qantas fleet safety captain Debbie Slade.
“They said it just did not come up on the radar at all”…”One minute we were in daylight, the next, it was midnight.” said a passenger
The plane was met on the ground by emergency services, but no injuries were reported.
“It’s the first time I’ve been on a plane where you land and the captain gets a round of applause, that’s for sure,” said the passenger Mr McIntyre
These images were taken minutes apart as the plane flew into the cloud. (Supplied: Matt McIntyre via ABC News Australia)