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Aussie pilot reveals spots in world for worst turbulence

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Bachelor Australia star and pilot Jimmy Nicholson has revealed the areas in the world with the worst turbulence, following the recent flight from London that had severe turbulence leaving one person dead.

The Singapore Airlines flight was flying from London to Singapore on May 21 when it was hit by severe turbulence about 10 hours into the flight, resulting in an elderly British man dying and 30 being injured, before it made an emergency landing in Bangkok.

The former reality star has piloted Airbus planes for over five years and recently announced he will be moving on to Boeing’s fleet.

In a recent TikTok video shared with his 89k followers, Nicholson explained pilots can expect the worst turbulence around the equator in what is called the intertropical convergence zone.

“This is where the winds with the northern hemisphere often converge with the winds of the southern hemisphere often causing bad weather and turbulence,” he said in the clip.

Camera IconThe former reality star has piloted Airbus planes for over five years and recently announced he will be moving on to Boeing’s fleet.

Credit: TikTok

“As you can see here, this is the approximate location of the convergence zone on the 21st of May, this is also the exact area of where the (Singapore Airlines) incident happened.

“As you can see from flightradar, the flight was tracking from Singapore to London and then made a left turn and ended up diverting into Bangkok.”

Nicholson explained that the 6000ft drop wasn’t a “sudden” fall as a result of severe turbulence.

“The plane descended from 37000 feet at six minutes past the hour, down to 31000 feet at 12 minutes past the hour,” he continued.

“This is not a sudden drop due to turbulence, this is a controlled descent likely because the plane needed to divert into Bangkok, or because they were descending out of the turbulence.”

Nicholson explained the 6000 foot drop wasn’t a “sudden” drop as a result of severe turbulence.
Camera IconNicholson explained the 6000 foot drop wasn’t a “sudden” drop as a result of severe turbulence.

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“This is a very sad and very rare event,” he added. “But it is important to remember that these things don’t happen very often.”

“We do our absolute best to avoid turbulence but sometimes it happens, often around the convergence zone.

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