Event Details


Title:Turbulence injuries, Boeing 737-500, November 1, 2003
Micro summary:This Boeing 737-500 encountered turbulence on descent. Two people were injured.
Event Time:2003-11-01 at 1215 MST
File Name:2003-11-01-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:DEN04LA019
Pages:5
Site of event:Denver, CO
Departure:Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), Boise, Idaho, USA
Destination:Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 737-500
Flight Phase:Descent
Registration(s):N956UA
Operator(s):United Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:97
Fatalities:
Serious Injuries:1
Minor/Non-Injured:96
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

the in-flight encounter with heavy to moderate turbulence.

NTSB synopsis:

During the descent at FL 240, the captain asked the cabin crew to take their seats. At FL 210, the airplane encountered heavy to moderate turbulence. One flight attendant received minor injuries and another flight attendant received serious injuries. The airplane continued to Denver without further incident.


NTSB factual narrative text:

On November 1, 2003, at approximately 1215 mountain standard time, a Boeing 737-500, N956UA, operated by United Airlines as flight 1232, encountered turbulence while on approach to Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, Colorado. The airline transport captain and airline transport first-officer, 1 flight attendant, and 92 passengers were not injured; however, 1 flight attendant was seriously injured and 1 flight attendant received minor injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed. The scheduled domestic passenger flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 121. An instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed for the flight from Boise, Idaho, to Denver, Colorado, departed at 1045.

At flight level (FL) 310, air traffic control advised the captain that light to moderate turbulence existed between FL170 and FL 200. The flight crew directed the passengers to take their seats and fasten their seatbelts. During the descent, at FL 240, the captain asked the cabin crew to take their seats. At FL 210, the flight encountered "heavy to moderate turbulence with two rapid up-down vertical-G cycles." One flight attendant received minor injuries and another flight attendant received a fractured ankle. The flight continued to Denver without further incident.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Turbulence
Consequence - Flight Attendant Fatality - Injury
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