Accident Airbus A300B4-605R N50051,
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Date:Tuesday 7 January 1997
Time:09:34 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A306 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A300B4-605R
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: N50051
MSN: 459
Engine model:GE CF6-80C2A5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 265
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Atlantic Ocean, AO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Philadelphia, PA (PHL
Destination airport:San Juan, PR (KSJU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight was cruising at FL330 in visual meteorological conditions. There were no SIGMETS for turbulence in effect. Flight attendants were working in the forward and aft galleys in preparation for meal service when the flight encountered turbulence. According to the flight data recorder, the turbulence consisted of two pulses which were separated by 8 seconds. Each pulse had a maximum value of 1.6 g's as measured on the vertical axis of the airplane. The seatbelt sign was illuminated. Three flight attendants received minor injuries and a fourth was seriously injured with a fractured ankle. Two passengers in the rear of the airplane whose seat belts were unfastened received minor injuries.

Probable Cause: an encounter with unforecast clear air turbulence and the flight attendant's failure to use the seat belt.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC97LA040
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report



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