If we exclude wake turbulence, can this turbulence happen at low altitude, for example at landing or take off? How many meters plane drop in turbulence, if that happen at landing, plane will crash or this type of turbulence don´t happen at low altitude?

Here I find airliner drop during take off.


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Yes, it is possible. They are called microbursts, and are to be avoided for obvious reasons.

How many meters of sink, what will happen, etc. depends on the aircraft type and severity.

  • $\begingroup$ So if we avoid bad weather then no worry for turbulence at landing? $\endgroup$
    – 22flower
    Jan 2, 2023 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ You can't say that. Microbursts can happen on good days as well. Here is a detailed write up of a recent glider crash due to a microburst chessintheair.com/… $\endgroup$ Jan 2, 2023 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ @EnginKurutepe, I wouldn't call winds gusting 40-50mph a "good day". The glider crash you linked to was a tragic event, but let's not insinuate that it wasn't preventable or relates to hazards directly and commonly applicable to airline travelers. Airline pilots brief and practice go-around procedures for low level wind shear. Not saying it couldn't happen, but please don't stoke up more fear without adding some perspective or context. $\endgroup$ Jan 2, 2023 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall I find example where airliner is hit by microburst at take off, added to my post. $\endgroup$
    – 22flower
    Jan 2, 2023 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ @user207141, interesting, thanks for sharing. $\endgroup$ Jan 2, 2023 at 20:40

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