The turbulence responsible for this horrifying experience for passengers could have been 'wake turbulence' or perhaps a 'mountain wave.' The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is still investigating.
Wake turbulence is the result of disturbed air traveling from the top and the bottom of the wing from another aircraft. It creates what have been described as swirling tornadoes behind it, which can impact other airplanes traveling behind or even below it.
A mountain wave is another external force where air goes up one side of a mountain and down the other, causing waves of standing air to flow for several kilometers. This wave could have flowed into the AC190's path.
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Late last week, it was reported that American air traffic controllers saw "severe turbulence" when Air Canada Flight 190 dropped. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said the high-altitude centre in Auburn, Washington was involved in the "severe turbulence incident."
The U.S. National TSB is looking at a United Airlines aircraft that was flying in the area just ahead of the Air Canada flight. It will analyze the flight data recorder of the United airplane and pass on raw data to the Canadians. A preliminary report is due fro the Canadian TSB at the end of this month.
Whatever the cause of the turbulence, passengers on Flight AC190 were frightened, and some feared for their lives. Ten were injured. We all need answers.