Accident Boeing 737-8AS (WL) EI-ENB,
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Date:Monday 23 June 2014
Time:16:35 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Registration: EI-ENB
MSN: 40289/3418
Year of manufacture:2010
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 169
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Toulouse -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW)
Destination airport:Reus Airport (REU/LERS)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Ryanair flight FR4398, a Boeing 737-800, encountered turbulence on a flight between Dublin (Ireland) and Reus (Spain).
When the aircraft was some 42 NM away from the city of Toulouse and on heading 138º, it made a right turn to heading 165º, direct to point PUMAL, which is near the border between France and Spain. On this segment the aircraft had to fly over the city of Toulouse.
At 16:37:19, some 7 NM before reaching Toulouse, the crew initiated a turn to the right to try to avoid a storm cell that was developing over Toulouse. When they began the turn, the aircraft was at FL370 and flying at a speed of Mach 0.766. Its weight was 133,400 lb and the autopilot was engaged in lateral navigation (NAV) mode. The autothrottle was also engaged.
The crew were unable to keep the aircraft from crossing the edge of the storm, which resulted in its being affected by the turbulent motions typical of these atmospheric phenomena. The turbulence lasted 29 s, starting at 16:38:11 and finishing at 16:38:40.
As a result of the aircraft’s sudden movements, two passengers were hurt, one of them seriously,. Besides three cabin crew suffered minor injuries.
The rest of the flight was uneventful and the aircraft landed at its destination airport normally.

Causes/Contributing factors:
The accident was caused when the aircraft entered a developing convective cloud that had not been detected by the crew. The severe turbulence associated with the cloud affected the aircraft, causing injuries to several passengers and crew who had not been alerted to the turbulence.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
21 December 2010 EI-ENB Ryanair 0 Kerry Airport (KIR) non
Inflight smoke

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