Event Details


Title:Turbulence injuries, Boeing 757-200, June 5, 2001
Micro summary:This Boeing 757-200 encountered turbulence during cruise, injuring two passengers.
Event Time:2001-06-05 at 0858 CDT
File Name:2001-06-05-2-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:CHI01LA154
Pages:6
Site of event:Kokomo, IN
Departure:Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood, Florida, USA
Destination:O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 757-200
Flight Phase:Cruise
Registration(s):N563UA
Operator(s):United Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:152
Fatalities:
Serious Injuries:1
Minor/Non-Injured:151
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

the turbulence encountered during descent and the passenger failure to return to his seat.

NTSB synopsis:

The flight was deviating around thunderstorm activity and while descending the aircraft encountered turbulence resulting in a broken ankle to a passenger. A company representative reported, "Before starting the descent from FL280 to FL240, an announcement was made to the cabin that the FASTEN SEATBELT sign was on and that turbulence was expected during the descent." In a written statement the First Officer reported, "After we encountered the turbulence, we contacted the purser via the interphone. The purser informed us that there was one passenger in a lavatory with an injury to the head, and a second passenger also in a lavatory with a broken ankle." The male passenger received a serious trimalleolar fracture to the left ankle, and the female passenger received a minor injury. The male passenger reported he had unfastened his seatbelt and proceeded to the lavatory at the rear of the airplane. He reported that the fasten seat belt sign was not illuminated when he left his seat, and the flight deck had not issued any advisories while he was waiting for the lavatory. He reported that while he was in the lavatory, the airplane encountered turbulence that led to his injury. The female passenger, who received a minor injury, reported she was in the lavatory when the airplane encountered turbulence.


NTSB factual narrative text:

On June 5, 2001, at 0858 central daylight time, a Boeing B757-200, N563UA, Flight 1597, operated by United Airlines (UAL) experienced turbulence while en route to O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago, Illinois. The 14 CFR Part 121 passenger flight departed Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL), Florida, at 0710 eastern daylight time with ORD as the destination airport. While en route the flight was diverting around thunderstorm activity. The pilots illuminated the seat belt sign due to the potential for turbulence. Around Kokomo, Indiana, the airplane encountered turbulence and subsequently one male passenger was seriously injured and one female passenger received minor injuries. Neither passenger was wearing their seat belt at the time of the incident. None of the other 143 passengers, 5 flight attendants, or 2 pilots were injured. The flight was on an instrument flight plan.

A UAL safety representative reported, "The flight had descended from FL280 to FL240 in preparation for landing at ORD. The flight was deviating around thunderstorm activity 120NM southeast of ORD when turbulence was encountered between 1356 and 1358 UTC. Before starting the descent from FL280 to FL240, an announcement was made to the cabin that the FASTEN SEATBELT sign was on and that turbulence was expected during the descent."

In the UAL Captain's written statement, he reported, "Before encountering turbulence the seat belt sign was turn[ed] on, and a P.A. announcement was made, specifying the possibility of turbulence during descent."

In the UAL First Officer's written statement, he reported, "After we encountered the turbulence, we contacted the purser via the interphone. The purser informed us that there was one passenger in a lavatory with an injury to the head, and a second passenger also in a lavatory with a broken ankle."

United Airlines was notified that the male passenger received a trimalleolar fracture to the left ankle.

The male passenger, who received the serious injury, reported he had unfastened his seatbelt and proceeded to the lavatory at the rear of the airplane. He reported that the fasten seat belt sign was not illuminated when he left his seat, and that the flight deck had not issued any advisories while he was waiting for the lavatory. He reported that while he was in the lavatory, the airplane encountered turbulence that led to his ankle injury.

The female passenger, who received a minor injury, reported she was in the lavatory when the airplane encountered turbulence. She reported that it was a freak accident and that all you could do was hold on.




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