Accident Airbus A320-211 N324US,
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Date:Thursday 28 November 2002
Time:23:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A320-211
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: N324US
MSN: 273
Year of manufacture:1991
Total airframe hrs:35133 hours
Engine model:CFM International CFM56-5-A1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 43
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Minneapolis, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP)
Destination airport:Sacramento International Airport, CA (SMF/KSMF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A flight attendant was seriously injured when struck by a galley service cart during initial climb after takeoff. According to company personnel, the galley service cart was not secured properly prior to departure and became detached from the forward galley during climb out. The galley service cart traveled down the center aisle and struck a flight attendant in the aft galley, fracturing his ankle. No anomalies were found with the galley service cart or the galley in which it was stationed prior to takeoff. All restraint levers were intact and functioned as designed.

Probable Cause: The cabin flight crew not verifying the galley service cart had been properly stowed prior to departure, which resulted in the inadvertent deployment of the galley service cart during initial climb after takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI03LA031
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report




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