Event Details


Title:Turbulence injury, Boeing 767, June 29, 1994
Micro summary:This Boeing 767 encountered turbulence while holding, seriously injuring a flight attendant.
Event Time:1994-06-29 at 1345 EDT
File Name:1994-06-29-2-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NYC94LA111
Pages:5
Site of event:East Hampton, NY
Departure:Barcelona International Airport, Barcelona, Spain
Destination:John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, New York, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 767-200
Flight Phase:Descent
Registration(s):N16006
Operator(s):Trans World Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:167
Fatalities:0
Serious Injuries:1
Minor/Non-Injured:166
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

In-flight encounter with turbulence in the vicinity of thunderstorms. A factor related to the accident was: improper planning/decision by the pilot(s).

NTSB synopsis:

The boeing 767 was holding at FL240, between cloud layers, in an area of known thunderstorms. The passengers were seated and the seat belt sign was illuminated. The flight attendants were preparing the cabin for landing, when the airplane encountered turbulence. A flight attendant working in the forward cabin was thrown in the air; he subsequently received fractures of both ankles. Three other flight attendants received minor injuries.

NTSB factual narrative text:

On June 29, 1994, at 1345 eastern daylight time, a Boeing 767-200, N16006, operated as Trans World Airlines Flight 917, encountered turbulence while holding. One flight attendant received serious injures and three flight attendants received minor injuries. The airplane was not damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and flight 917 was operating on an instrument flight plan under 14 CFR Part 121.

Flight 917 departed Barcelona, Spain, and its destination was John F. Kennedy Airport, New York, New York. The captain reported the flight was holding over the Hampton VOR at FL 240 (24,000 feet). He also reported the seat belt sign was illuminated in the cabin and all passengers had been checked for seat belt usage. He described the turbulence as "very short" in duration.

According to an FAA report, and a telephone interview with the TWA Vice President of Safety and Engineering, a flight attendant was at work in the forward cabin, preparing the cabin for descent and arrival. The airplane encountered turbulence and the flight attendant was thrown into the air. Upon landing, he broke both ankles. The airplane was operating in visual meteorological conditions, between cloud layers, and thunderstorms were present in the area at the time of the accident.
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