Event Details


Title:Salt shaker injury, Lockheed L-1011-385-3, May 26, 1997
Micro summary:A flight attendant on this Lockheed L-1011-385-3 was seriously injured after tripping on a salt shaker, which broke her left ankle.
Event Time:1997-05-26 at 0505 GMT
File Name:1997-05-26-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:ATL97LA075
Pages:5
Site of event:Atlantic Ocean, AO
Departure:Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Destination:Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Airplane Type(s):Lockheed L-1011-385-3
Flight Phase:Cruise
Registration(s):N768DL
Operator(s):Delta Air Lines
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:224
Fatalities:0
Serious Injuries:1
Minor/Non-Injured:223
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

The failure of the flight attendants to maintain control of loose cabin service equipment, a salt shaker, that resulted in an uncorrected tripping hazard.

NTSB synopsis:

While in cruise during the international flight, a flight attendant stepped on a salt shaker, breaking her left ankle and cutting her finger. She was in the first class galley at the time of the accident. The flight was at 35,000 feet, and there was no reported turbulence. First aid was administered by the second officer, followed by medical treatment at the destination.

NTSB factual narrative text:

On May 26, 1997, at 0505 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), N768DL, a Lockheed L-1011-385-3, was enroute, from Atlanta to Amsterdam, Netherlands, when a flight attendant was seriously injured during the cruise phase of flight. The Delta Air Lines, scheduled, international, passenger flight, was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 121, with an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. One flight attendant was seriously injured, and the airline transport pilot, first officer, flight engineer, nine flight attendants, and 211 passengers sustained no injuries. The flight departed Atlanta at 2127 eastern daylight time (0127 GMT).

The flight was near Benbecula, a navaid on an island off the coast of Scotland, when the accident occurred. There was no report of turbulence. The sky was clear and the air was smooth. There were no mechanical problems reported with the aircraft. The A-Line flight attendant advised the Captain that one of the flight attendants had stepped on a salt shaker, in the First Class Galley, breaking her left ankle and cutting one of her fingers. The second officer administered First Aid. Paramedics met the flight at the destination.
Learning Keywords:Consequence - Flight Attendant Fatality - Injury
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