Colgan DH8D near Washington on May 16th 2011, turbulence injures flight attendant

Last Update: June 23, 2018 / 15:57:36 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 16, 2011

Classification
Accident

Airline
Colgan Air

Flight number
9L-3261

Aircraft Registration
N351NG

ICAO Type Designator
DH8D

A Colgan Air de Havilland Dash 8-400 on behalf of Continental Airlines, registration N351NG performing flight 9L-3261/CO-3261 from Newark,NJ to Washington National,DC (USA), was on approach to Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport descending through 14000 feet when the airplane encountered turbulence causing injuries to a flight attendant. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 01 and taxied to the gate, where paramedics took care of the flight attendant.

The FAA confirmed a flight attendant received (unknown) injuries due to turbulence.

On May 31st 2018 (!) the NTSB released a first preliminary report stating (entire text): "NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report."

On Jun 23rd 2018 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

an inadvertent encounter with clear air turbulence

The NTSB reported the aircraft was descending through 14,000 feet when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing serious injuries to a flight attendant (fractured right foot).
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 16, 2011

Classification
Accident

Airline
Colgan Air

Flight number
9L-3261

Aircraft Registration
N351NG

ICAO Type Designator
DH8D

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