Event Details


Title:Turbulence injury, Boeing 737-800, August 16, 2003
Micro summary:This Boeing 737-800 encountered turbulence, which resulted in a flight attendant's broken ankle.
Event Time:2003-08-16 at 1340 EDT
File Name:2003-08-16-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NYC03LA177
Pages:5
Site of event:Wooster, OH
Departure:Cancun International Airport, Cancun, Mexico
Destination:Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 737-800
Flight Phase:Cruise
Registration(s):N329TZ
Operator(s):American Trans Air
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:135
Fatalities:
Serious Injuries:1
Minor/Non-Injured:134
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

An inadvertent encounter with turbulence during descent.

NTSB synopsis:

As the flight was being vectored around weather, the airplane encountered turbulence. A flight attendant, who was preparing the cabin for landing, fell and suffered a broken ankle.

NTSB factual narrative text:

On August 16, 2003, about 1340 eastern daylight time, a Boeing 737-800, N329TZ, operated by American Trans Air Inc., as flight 820, was not damaged after it encountered turbulence during decent over Wooster, Ohio. There were no injuries to the 2 certificated airline transport pilots, 1 flight attendant, and 129 passengers; however, 1 flight attendant was seriously injured, and two additional flight attendants received minor injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the scheduled, international flight, which originated from the Cancun International Airport (MCUN), Cancun, Mexico, destined for the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cleveland, Ohio. Flight 820 was conducted on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan under 14 CFR Part 121

According to a representative from the operator, the flight was being vectored around weather in the area of Cleveland, when it encountered turbulence. A flight attendant, who was preparing the cabin for landing, fell and suffered a broken ankle.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Turbulence
Consequence - Flight Attendant Fatality - Injury
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