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A turbulence is a wind movement that can cause violent movements to airfraft in flight, it's more visibly seen

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as an horizontal whirlwind that when entering in contact with a plane can cause violent movements, they can be caused by crashing of wind with mountains, or sinply caused by the wind train of another aircraft. Despite it's risk to flying aircraft it's significantly less probable to end in an accident thanks to pilots training to handle these situations.

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