Showing posts with label turbulence incidents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label turbulence incidents. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Continental Airlines flight attendants injured in turbulence - Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue On the afternoon of Monday, June 30, 2008, three Continental Airlines flight attendants were injured in flight during the cruise phase of a flight between Houston and Fort Lauderdale. The incident happened when Continental Flight COA1448, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft, encountered turbulence at 31,000 ft above the Gulf of Mexico.

The Sun-Sentinel identified the injured flight attendants as Newark-based crew, and reported that their injuries happened when they either fell or hit their heads. News reports, quoting Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles, said that the injured flight attendants were first treated at the gate area after landing, and then taken to Broward General Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No passengers were injured in the incident.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Cathay Pacific Airways turbulence incident injures eight

Cathay Pacific Airways A330-300On Thursday, June 26, 2008, eight people on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight were injured when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence during its landing descent. The incident happened when Cathay Pacific Flight CX708 , an Airbus A330-300 with 241 passengers and 12 crew on board, was within minutes of landing at Hong Kong after a scheduled flight from Bangkok.

According to several news reports, five passengers and one flight attendant were treated at Princess Margaret Hospital hospital for minor injuries and released. Two other cabin crew members remained in the hospital with more serious injuries.

An article about the turbulence incident on quoted a statement from Cathay Pacific, which said that "Flight CX708 encountered the turbulence when the 'fasten seatbelt' sign had been illuminated about 12 minutes prior to landing." The captain sent a message about the incident, so that ambulances were waiting to transport the injured as soon as the aircraft landed.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Several injured in severe turbulence incident on United Airlines DEN-PHX flight

United Airlines A320Earlier this week, a United Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence while en route from Denver to Phoenix. Several people on board were injured, including at least one flight attendant.

The incident happened on the evening of Tuesday, April 15, 2008 on United Flight UAL 1427, an Airbus A320 aircraft. According to news reports, the turbulence began about 30 minutes after the aircraft departed Denver International Airport. The aircraft turned back to Denver where it landed safely.

The FAA's preliminary report about this turbulence incident provides few details, however descriptions of what happened have appeared in several news media reports. An article on IN-Forum News included an account of the scene given by Mr. Keith Holland, who was a passenger on the flight:

...When the Airbus A320 hit cruising speed, the seat-belt sign was turned off, flight attendants started serving drinks and Holland began working on his laptop.

Then there was a bump caused by turbulence, which seemed normal at first, Holland said.

But when he looked out the window from his aisle seat, Holland saw the plane tilted to the right – “the wing was tipped to the ground. I could see the ground.”

The beverage cart bounced around and the drinks and cups spilled out, he said. One flight attendant was thrown to the ceiling and passengers’ personal belongings – including Holland’s laptop – flew into the air.

After the laptop hit the overhead compartment, “I pulled it to my chest and held it hard,” which caused some sore ribs, he said. “The flight attendant was bouncing along like a ping-pong ball.”
Mr. Holland added that the flight attendant who hit the ceiling recovered enough to continue working on the way back to Denver, but that another flight attendant required medical attention. He also observed a passenger with "a bloody face" who, he said, "needed paramedics to help her off the plane."

An article about the turbulence incident on the website of Denver television channel CBS 4 mentioned that one passenger and one flight attendant who were injured were hospitalized. The CBS 4 article includes a video clip that includes comments from a passenger who was on board UAL Flight 1427.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Turbulence incident seriously injures Mesa flight attendant

Mesa Air Group logoA Mesa Airlines flight attendant was severely injured last month when the flight on which she was working encountered serious turbulence over Colorado. She was knocked unconscious, and suffered spinal injuries that required surgery.

The incident happened on the morning of February 3, 2008 aboard a DeHavilland DHC-8-202 (Dash-8) turboprop aircraft. The aircraft, operated by Mesa Airlines as Air Shuttle Flight ASH 7106, was approaching Denver on a scheduled flight from Casper, WY when it encountered "serious turbulence."

According to a preliminary report about the incident issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

... the flight was descending on the RAMMS 5 STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Route) and was encountering "light chop." Approximately 5 miles inside RAMMS intersection, as it was descending from 14,000 feet to 13,000 feet, the flight encountered severe turbulence.

The captain called the flight attendant on the intercom, but she did not answer. An emergency medical technician (EMT), who was a passenger on the flight, answered and reported the flight attendant was lying on the floor unconscious.

The EMT and an off-duty United flight attendant tended to the injured flight attendant. The captain declared an emergency and the airplane landed at DEN. The flight attendant was transported to a hospital where she underwent surgery for several fractured vertebrae. [NTSB ID:DEN08LA055]
The NTSB notes that the captain suffered "minor injuries" in the same incident, however there were no injuries to the first officer and 19 passengers aboard the flight.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

United flight attendants injured by turbulence

A number of people were reported to have been injured early on the morning of Monday, January 21, 2008 when a United Airlines flight encountered turbulence. United Flight UA 1028, a B-757 aircraft, was at FL370 en route from Los Angeles to Chicago when the incident occurred, according to a preliminary incident report posted this morning on the FAA website. The aircraft diverted to Denver, where it landed safely at around 03:00 AM local time.

The FAA report states that three flight attendants sustained "minor" injuries. There was no damage to the aircraft, which later resumed its flight to Chicago without further incident.

In contrast to the information posted by the FAA, several news media stories about the incident reported that up to 10 people had been injured. The flight was said to have had 180 passengers and seven crew members on board.

UPDATE January 24, 2008: Here's a link to a first person account of this incident by a passenger who was on board UA FLight 1028 that night, from the Denver Post.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Air Canada turbulence incident injures 10

Air CanadaEarly this morning, and Air Canada Flight AC190 with 83 passengers and five crew on board experienced a serious turbulence incident during a scheduled domestic flight between Victoria, BC and Toronto. The A319 aircraft diverted to Calgary for an emergency landing shortly after the incident. Ten people, including two crew members, were hospitalized in Calgary with what have been described as "non-life-threatening" injuries. My understanding is that both crew members who were injured were flight attendants, although this has not been officially confirmed at this time.

Various news reports about the incident, quoting passengers who were on board the flight, indicated that the incident occurred without warning and was particularly violent. Reuters reports:

Those hurt in what was described as sharp drops in altitude and violent rocking were rushed to Calgary hospitals, where their injuries were deemed to be non-life-threatening. Others were treated and released.

"It happened very fast," a female passenger in the plane's front cabin told CBC Television.

"One side of the plane just went up a little bit sideways and then it just sort of went back down. And our friend was really hurt ... she flew up and hit the ceiling and (came) right back down."
An article about the incident in the Toronto Star quoted a passenger who praised the cabin crew, saying, "The flight attendants were amazing, because a lot of them were injured themselves so they had cuts and were trying to dab blood out of their eyes."

A statement about the incident on Flight AC190 on the Air Canada website this afternoon said, "... Of the ten individuals transferred to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, at this time seven have now been released. The remaining two passengers and one flight attendant in hospital are in stable condition. Other passengers are continuing their onward travel."

Best wishes for a speedy to all those who were injured.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Pax ignores seat belt sign, breaks leg in turbulence

Continental Airlines logoA passenger on a Continental Airlines flight broke his leg after leaving his seat during turbulence. The incident happened on August 2, 2007 on board a B-737 aircraft operating as Continental Flight 875 from Houston to Panama City, Republic of Panama. The aircraft encountered turbulence while descending for an approach to Panama City.

A brief factual report about the turbulence incident posted on the NTSB website summarizes what happened:

The Captain requested and received deviations from the intended route of flight to avoid inclement weather along the route of flight when the flight encountered moderate turbulence for approximately 7 to 8 seconds during descent.

The cabin seat belt sign was illuminated and the flight attendants had made several announcements regarding the seat belt sign when a passenger fractured his leg after he elected to leave his seat.

The injured passenger was attended to by an on-board physician until he was de-planed by local paramedics.
No other passengers or crew members were injured, and there was no damage to the aircraft.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Two Southwest F/As injured by inflight turbulence

Two Southwest Airlines flight attendants and a passenger were injured earlier this week when the B737 aircraft they were on encountered inflight turbulence. The incident happened on July 2, 2007 aboard Southwest Flight 1527 which was en route from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale with 76 passengers and five crew members aboard.

According to an Associated Press article about the turbulence incident, published by, reported that paramedics examined the injured people after the aircraft landed at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The passenger was examined and released, while the flight attendants were taken to a local hospital. One flight attendant had an injured ankle, and the other injured her shoulder.

The FAA preliminary report about the incident described the injuries as "minor" and noted that there was no damage to the aircraft.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Turbulence injures two American Eagle F/As, one pax

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a report on an incident in which two flight attendants and one passenger were injured during turbulence. The incident happened on the morning of April 28, 2007 aboard an Executive Airlines ATR 72-212, operating as American Eagle Flight 5089 from Nevis Island to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Quoting from the NTSB report:

The Director of Flight Safety for Executive Airlines said that a few minutes after the Captain made the announcement to prepare for the approach to land at San Juan, Puerto Rico, he alerted the flight attendants of the possibility of encountering turbulence, and asked that everyone remain seated.

According to the Director of Safety, the captain then initiated the descent, and the airplane entered a broken layer of clouds, encountering light turbulence, followed by a momentary "jolt" of turbulence. As the airplane encountered the momentary "jolt", both flight attendants who were walking to their seats, and one passenger, who had been in the lavatory, were thrown and received injuries.
The report says that the passenger was injured seriously. The flight attendants' injuries were described as "minor."

Neither the pilots nor any of the other passengers were injured, and the aircraft did not sustain any damage.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

United flight attendants injured in turbulence

Last week four United Airlines flight attendants were injured during in-flight turbulence. One of the flight attendants suffered a broken leg. Injuries to the other three were considered to be minor, according to a preliminary report about the incident by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 12, 2007 on board a United B-757 aircraft during a scheduled flight between New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The NTSB report says that the incident happened while the aircraft was on descent into LAX. Here is an excerpt from the NTSB report:

The captain reported to United Airlines safety that while at flight level 300 (30,000 feet) the flight deck received information about turbulence below 12,000 feet. The captain advised the flight attendants to have the cabin secured and be in their seats within 15 minutes.

Approximately 17 minutes later, while descending through 15, 500 feet, the airplane experienced 1-second of moderate chop. The cabin reported injuries to all flight attendants and no injuries to passengers.

All four flight attendants received medical attention after landing. One flight attendant was seriously injured with a closed fibular fracture; the three other flight attendants had minor injuries.
Neither pilot was injured, and there was no damage to the aircraft.