The question is on my mind, because many passengers think there is no need to wear the seatbelt when the seatbelt sign is not illuminated.


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The following is a list of deadly turbulence accidents on jet airliners since 1980.
Excluded are accidents involving jet airliners designed or built in the former Soviet Union.
For a more complete list see aviation-safety.net.

  • $\begingroup$ I don't think the last one should count. The question relates to pax killed by being rattled around the cabin. That was just the pilot flying stomping on the rudder in concert with aileron inputs, as if he was in a light aircraft, which is a really bad thing to do in a swept wing jet. Vertical fins are not designed to withstand the bending from full rudder inputs above certain speeds, and in a swept wing jet with yaw dampers you don't need to actually touch the rudder pedals once airborne unless an engine quits. $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Jan 6, 2019 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnK: You are right. I must have misunderstood my own question ;) I'll remove AA587. $\endgroup$
    – summerrain
    Jan 6, 2019 at 16:09
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    $\begingroup$ Interesting tidbit: the second entry on the list involved the aircraft inadvertently flying through a tornado. $\endgroup$
    – Vikki
    Sep 12, 2020 at 0:35

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