PHOTO: An Airbus A380. (photo via Flickr/wiltshirespotter)
A new report suggests the wake turbulence left behind by an Airbus A380 caused a small private jet to flip several times and plunge 10,000 feet before the pilot was able to regain control.
Several of the passengers on the private jet were injured, including one person who was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.
According to NBCNews.com, the private Bombardier Challenger 604 was flying from the Maldives to Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 7 when it passed 1,000 feet under an Airbus A380 and into the massive plane’s wake turbulence caused by the engines and wingtips.
While officials from the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation won’t comment on the ongoing probe, reports suggest the twin-engine Bombardier was rolled three times as a result of the wake turbulence and plummeted out of control for a short time.
There were several passengers on board the private plane who were unsecured when the incident occurred, and an unspecified number had to be taken to a local hospital. One of the passengers was also transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
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The plane was reportedly damaged beyond repair, but the pilot still managed to make a successful emergency landing in Muscat, Oman.
As a result of the incident, aviation authorities have issued new rules and regulations to Bombardier Challenger operators and air traffic controllers when the smaller craft are flying in the vicinity of Airbus A380 planes and the wake turbulence caused by the superjumbos.