Severe turbulence causes injuries on Canadian flight on Jan. 18th 2015

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Original story by Simon Hradecky on The Aviation Herald.

An Air Georgian Beech 1900D, registration C-GAAR performing flight ZX-7226 from Cranbrook,BC to Calgary,AB (Canada) with 12 passengers and 2 crew, was descending through 14,000 feet towards Calgary when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing minor injuries to one of the flight crew. The aircraft continued for a safe landing in Calgary.

The Canadian TSB reported one flight crew member received minor injuries, the aircraft received damage.

Read the original story on The Aviation Herald.

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Four passengers, one crew member go to hospital after turbulence hits American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

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Via Terry Maxon, AviationBlog.DallasNews.com

This photo taken by passenger Marc Stanley shows the disarray aboard American Airlines Flight 280 after the Boeing 777-200 jet was buffeted by severe turbulence.

Reports out of Japan say that a number of people were injured when turbulence struck American Airlines’ daily flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

AA spokeswoman Andrea Huguely confirmed the diversion, but did not comment on injuries. She sent us this statement:

“American Airlines Flight 280, a Boeing 777-200 from Seoul (ICN) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) has diverted to Tokyo (NRT) because of turbulence during the flight.  There are 240 passengers and a crew of 15.

“American’s primary concern at this time is for our passengers and crew on board the airplane and our team in Narita is providing assistance. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

Various U.S. news organizations cited NHK in Japan as saying 10 passengers and four crew members were injured. The Weather Channel said that the area was being rocked by a severe storm.

These overhead bins were splashed with liquid when AA280 flew into turbulence on its trip from South Korea to D/FW Airport.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: American Airlines has issued this update on the carrier’s flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, hit by turbulence as it was flying east of Japan:

“Medical personnel have been able to evaluate all passengers and crew members asking for medical attention. Four passengers and one crew member have been transported to local hospitals for further observation and treatment. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

“American Airlines Flight 280 will not continue on to DFW today. Passengers have been transported to hotels and will continue their travel to DFW tomorrow. Our team in Tokyo will continue to provide all necessary support to take care of our passengers and crew.”

The photos come from Dallas attorney Marc Stanley, who was on the flight.

“We were diverted to NRT [Tokyo’s Narita International Airport] after 45+ minutes of insane turbulence,” he messaged Todd Gillman in our Washington, D.C., office.

Original story, here via AviationBlog.DallasNew.com

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Republic E175 at Houston on Aug 22nd 2014, wake turbulence injures 3

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Via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N421YX performing flight YX-4344/AA-4344 from Chicago O’Hare,IL to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA), was on approach to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport when the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 08L.

The FAA reported the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing unknown injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft did not sustain any damage.

On Aug 27th 2014 the NTSB announced that they have opened an investigation into the occurrence rated an accident, however, investigators are not going to travel. The investigation will be based on data provided “by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator”.

On Nov 29th 2014 the NTSB reported that the aircraft was enroute in smooth air, no cloud around, the autopilot was engaged and fasten seat belt signs off, when the aircraft encountered what the pilots described as wake turbulence, that lasted for less than 5 seconds but caused a sharp roll deviation to about 15-20 degrees of bank angle. The aircraft subsequently was in smooth conditions again. One of the flight attendants standing in the rear galley received serious injuries, the other flight attendant received minor injuries. There had been no serious weather forecast, there were no pilot reports of turbulence in the area.

The return flight was cancelled.

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United Airlines Severe Turbulence Injuries

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) site, posted a notice on November 24, 2014 regarding a severe turbulence incident on UAL 1179 over Valdosta, Georgia. The notice provides the following information:

UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 1179, REGISTRATION UNKNOWN, BOEING 737 AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED SEVERE TURBULENCE NEAR VALDOSTA, GA, UNKNOWN NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT CHICAGO, IL

Information via Flightstats.com tells us UAL Flight 1179 was traveling from (SRQ) Sarasota, FL, US to (ORD) Chicago, IL, US.  The landing was reportedly delayed 28 minutes.

The Aviation Herald (Simon Hradecky) provides the following report:

A United Boeing 737-800, registration N16217 performing flight UA-1179 from Sarasota,FL to Chicago O’Hare,IL (USA), was enroute at FL340 near Valdosta,GA (USA) at about 19:15Z when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence (associated with altitude deviations of about 100 feet) causing minor injuries to a number of occupants. The crew climbed the aircraft to FL360 and continued to destination for a safe landing about 2 hours later.

The FAA reported an unknown number of occupants received minor injuries when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence near Valdosta.

Original report, here.

Air France A388 near Leeds on Nov 4th 2014, turbulence injures three cabin crew

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via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

An Air France Airbus A380-800, registration F-HPJD performing flight AF-6 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to New York JFK, NY (USA) with 484 passengers and 21 crew, was enroute at FL360 about 10nm south of Leeds,EN (UK) at about 14:18Z when the crew decided to turn around and return to Paris after the aircraft had encountered turbulence resulting in minor injuries (concussions) to three cabin crew. The aircraft landed safely back in Paris about 70 minutes later.

The airline confirmed strong turbulence at the beginning of the cruise phase caused minor injuries to three cabin crew, concussions and bruises, no passengers were affected. Medical assistance was provided immediately after landing.

Infrared Satellite Image Seviri 15:00Z (Graphics: AVH/Meteosat):

Infrared Satellite Image Seviri 15:00Z (Graphics: AVH/Meteosat)

Image via The Aviation Herald.

Original source, here.

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22 injured as Singapore Airlines aircraft hit by turbulence in Mumbai

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Original Story via Indian Press

In a close shave, a packed super jumbo aircraft of Singapore Airlines with over 430 people on board was hit by sudden turbulence during descent here, leaving eight passengers and 14 crew members injured.

The Singapore-Mumbai plane, an A380 double-deck, had 408 passengers and 25 crew on board.

The injured passengers and crew were admitted at two private hospitals in suburban Andheri, SIA said here on Sunday.

Of the injured passengers, six were discharged after being provided the necessary medical assistance. The crew members were also discharged, the airlines said.

“Singapore Airlines flight SQ424 from Singapore to Mumbai experienced sudden turbulence during descent on October 18. There were 408 passengers and 25 crew on board. Eight passengers and 14 crew sustained injuries and were attended to by medical personnel on arrival at city airport,” Singapore Airlines said in a statement here.

“There was a medical emergency at T2 yesterday in which our medical team attended to the injured cabin crew and passengers of Singapore Airlines,” Mumbai Airport Authority said in a separate statement.

SIA said it is providing full assistance to the authorities in investigations.

The turbulence-hit aircraft was not grounded and it was fully operational.

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it.

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Nine passengers and one crew member left needing hospital treatment after Virgin pilots hit turbulence while changing course to AVOID bad weather

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By CATHERINE EADE FOR MAILONLINE

  • Air Accidents Investigation Branch report says three were later hospitalized
  • The plane with 400 passengers aboard landed safely at Gatwick
  • Incident happened on flight from Montego Bay in Jamaica
  • A packed jumbo jet experienced such extreme turbulence that nine passengers and a cabin crew member were injured, an accident report for Virgin Atlantic has revealed.

    The London-bound Boeing 747 ran into extreme turbulence after the pilots’ study of weather radar returns led them to alter course to avoid bad weather on their intended route.

    The radar monitoring by the pilots ‘appeared to indicate a line of weather across the aircraft’s intended track’, said the report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

    Having altered course, crew and passengers ran into ‘a brief period of severe turbulence’ with the injured crew member and two of the injured passengers later being treated in hospital.

    The aircraft, which had 400 passengers on board, safely landed at Gatwick, but one of the passengers suffered a knee injury and the cabin crew member, who was in the crew rest area at the time, had head and neck injuries.

    At one point the turbulence was so severe that a stewardess had difficulty securing herself in her harness, the report says. Most passengers were already seated with their seatbelts fastened and all those who suffered injury were in the rear, right side of the plane.

    The incident happened in the early hours of November 14 last year when the aircraft, which had taken off from Montego Bay in Jamaica, was around 345 miles south of St John’s in Newfoundland.

    After their monitoring of the weather radar, the pilots had requested a deviation to the left, (north), to avoid the weather. This was not approved but a deviation to the right of track was, and the crew altered course.

    The report said the wind at this stage was from astern, ‘so the crew were not concerned that their new track would be downwind of the observed weather and thus possibly subject to turbulence’.

    The AAIB said that as the aircraft flew on, ‘returns on the radar reduced and disappeared altogether’.

    But turbulence then started and there were ‘significant climbs and descents’. Once it was over, the cabin crew attended to the injured passengers and crew member, assisted by medically-qualified volunteers from among the passengers.

    After the plane landed, medical staff came on board and treated the injured passengers.

    In another incident reported by the AAIB, severe turbulence aboard a Dash 8 aircraft being flown from Birmingham to Belfast City Airport led to a stewardess being seriously injured.

    She was knocked off her feet during the flight on the morning of February 7 this year. She was treated by a doctor who was travelling as a passenger and later taken to hospital. One of the 71 passengers on board also suffered a minor injury.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2751015/Virgin-pilots-hit-turbulence-injuring-9-passengers-one-crew-member.html#ixzz3D1IgmGIo
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    Republic E175 at Houston on Aug 22nd 2014, wake turbulence injures 3

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    Via Simon Hradecky, via The Aviation Herald

    A Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N421YX performing flight YX-4344/AA-4344 from Chicago O’Hare, IL to Houston Intercontinental, TX (USA), was on approach to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport when the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 08L.

    The FAA reported the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing unknown injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft did not sustain any damage.

    The return flight was cancelled.

    Full story, here.

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Preliminary Accident and Incident Notice can be found, here. The AIN Summary Page provides preliminary accident and incident information reported to the Office of Accident Investigation & Prevention within the past 10 business days. All information is preliminary and subject to change.

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    Spirit A319 near Savannah on Aug 18th 2014, severe turbulence injures 3 cabin crew

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    By Simon Hradecky via The Aviation Herald

    A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N517NK performing flight NK-457 from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Chicago O’Hare, IL (USA), was enroute at FL350 about 45nm south of Savannah, GA (USA) when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing minor injuries to three flight attendants. The crew continued the flight to Chicago for a safe landing about 105 minutes later.

    The FAA reported the severe turbulence caused minor injuries to three flight attendants but no damage to the aircraft.

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NKS457/history/20140818/2255Z/KFLL/KORD

    Infrared Satellite Image GOES-E Aug 18th 2014 23:45Z (Graphics: AVH/NASA)

    Infrared Satellite Image GOES-E Aug 18th 2014 23:45Z (Graphics: AVH/NASA) Via The Aviation Herald

    Original source, here.

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    4 injured by turbulence; flight made emergency landing

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    Via USAtoday.com

    Story by, Beau Zimmer, WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.

    CLEARWATER, Fla. — Four people were injured due to turbulence before a plane made an emergency landing at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport Monday.

    Allegiant Flight 916 was going from Fort Lauderdale to Asheville, N.C., when the turbulence hit about 30 to 40 minutes into the flight. A flight attendant hit her head, and three other passengers were injured.

    An airline representative said the flight attendant was in the middle of drink service when the turbulence hit and she flew up in the air and came down on top of a passenger. The airline says the flight attendant suffered a gash to her face but was conscious and alert. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The passenger was also injured.

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    Passengers wait in the terminal to find out where they will be put up for the night.(Photo: WTSP)

    Another passenger suffered neck pain, and the third received a leg injury when the drink cart crashed into them. All of those were minor injuries and they were not taken to hospitals.

    “It felt like a bad rollercoaster ride,” said passenger Jeff Adler. “I’m thinking this is going to be a plane crash.”

    The seat belt light was illuminated at the time, according to the airline.

    “It was like getting in a car crash,” said passenger Nicolas Harrington. “Everything flew up for like two seconds, everyone sat down and were like, ‘What just happened?'”

    The airline says the passengers would be given lodging for the night in the St. Petersburg area and are being offered a full refund, or the choice to fly out Tuesday morning to Asheville or back to Fort Lauderdale. They will also be given a $100 voucher for the inconvenience.

    Original story, here.

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