Accident Boeing 777-222 N781UA,
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Date:Friday 11 June 1999
Time:21:18 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B772 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 777-222
Owner/operator:United Air Lines
Registration: N781UA
MSN: 26945/40
Year of manufacture:1996
Total airframe hrs:11389 hours
Engine model:P&W PW4077
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 296
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Madison, WI -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Minneapolis, MN (MSP)
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While en route from Minneapolis to Chicago the flight encountered turbulence at 19,680 feet msl while in a descent. Four passengers and four flight attendants received minor injuries. One passenger received a broken ankle. The flight had diverted to Minneapolis due to thunderstorm activity in the Chicago area. The captain reported the flight was smooth up until the unexpected turbulence was encountered. The seat belt sign was not on at the time of the encounter. The flight crew received a Weather Briefing Message (WBM) prior to departing Minneapolis, which contained convective sigmets for Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. The accident took place ahead of a stationary front which extended northeast-southwest through central Wisconsin and Iowa which had been creating shower and thunderstorm activity throughout afternoon and evening on the day of the accident. A review of the data from the Quick Access Recorder revealed the flight experienced a change in G-loading from .0843 g's to 1.9375 g's over a 2-second time period while at an altitude of 19,680 feet msl.

Probable Cause: the pilot-in-command's inadequate evaluation of the weather conditions. Factors associated with the accident were the turbulence encountered and the seat belt sign was not illuminated.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI99LA184
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report




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