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.