Accident Mcdonnell Douglas MD-83 N9615W, Thursday 9 March 2017
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Date:Thursday 9 March 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD83 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mcdonnell Douglas MD-83
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: N9615W
MSN: 53562/2192
Year of manufacture:1997
Total airframe hrs:56242 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 107
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ)
Destination airport:Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On March 9, 2017 at 1915 central standard time, American Airlines flight 2588, a Boeing MD-83, N9615W, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), encountered turbulence at flight level 280 (FL280) during cruise flight from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Dallas, Texas, resulting in a serious injury to one of the flight attendants (FA). None of the other passengers and crew members were injured and the airplane received minor damage.

According to the operator, while enroute to DFW at FL 280, in intermittent IMC conditions at 0.74 Mach, the flight crew was deviating left of assigned course to avoid weather and was northeast of Memphis . The seat belt sign was on and the on-board radar was not depicting any precipitation. The aircraft experienced unexpected turbulence. The #2 and the #4 FAs were seated in their jumpseats in the rear of the aircraft, however, their seatbelts were not fastened. Both the #2 and the #4 FAs struck the overhead ceiling panel and fell to the floor. No passengers reported injuries and the FAs were able to complete their duties. Emergency Medical Service personnel met the FAs at the gate and transported to the hospital. Both FAs were treated and released from the hospital that evening, however, the #2 FA was later diagnosed with fractures to her vertebrae.

Probable Cause: an inadvertent encounter with convective turbulence.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA17CA079
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report




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