Event Details

Title:Turbulence injuries, Airbus A300B4-605R, G-MONR
Micro summary:This A300 experienced turbulence in cruise, injuring several people.
Event Time:2003-01-27 at 1736 UTC
File Name:2003-01-27-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2003/01/20
Site of event:
Departure:Bahrain International Airport, Al Muharraq, Bahrain
Destination:Gatwick Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A300B4-605R
Flight Phase:Cruise
Operator(s):Monarch Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:4
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:In the cruise at FL280 en-route Bahrain to London Gatwick Airport, light Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) was encountered and the commander activated the Seat Belt sign. In accordance withnormal company procedures, the cabin staff checked that all the passengers were strapped in and reported this fact to the commander. He allowed the cabin service to continue but warned the cabin crew to be alert for any increase in turbulence.

About five minutes later, severe CAT was suddenly encountered. The aircraft climbed rapidly andthe commander disengaged the autopilot to manually control the airspeed. During the subsequent manoeuvres, the aircraft altitude varied between FL283 and FL278. Within the passenger cabin, the cabin crew and trolleys were thrown about. Following the incident, doctors amongst the passengers on board treated the injured personnel and confirmed that none required immediate hospitalisation. With this knowledge, and with no indication of any damage to the aircraft, the commander continued to his planned destination for an uneventful landing.

There had been no CAT forecast for the area in which the turbulence was experienced. Additionally, the aircraft radar had not indicated any significant weather on the aircraft route although thunderstorm flashes had been observed some 50 miles away.

Post flight analysis indicated that the aircraft had been subjected to a maximum of plus 2.08g and a minimum of minus 0.24g over a period of two seconds. A Phase 1 Severe Turbulence check on G-MONR confirmed that there was no damage.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Altitude Excursion
Operations - Turbulence
Consequence - Flight Attendant Fatality - Injury


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