Vanilla A320 near Miyazaki on Aug 27th 2018, turbulence injures flight attendant

Last Update: June 15, 2019 / 21:01:09 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 27, 2018

Classification
Accident

Flight number
JW-873

Departure
Osaka, Japan

Destination
Amami, Japan

Aircraft Registration
JA14VA

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A Vanilla Air Airbus A320-200, registration JA14VA performing flight JW-873 from Osaka to Amami (Japan) with 146 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL300 about 220nm north of Amami and about 35nm east of Miyazaki (Japan) at about 01:50Z when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing one flight attendant to fall and receive injuries. The aircraft continued to Amami for a safe landing.

The JTSB reported the flight attendant received a caudal fracture. An investigation has been opened.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Amami for about 1:45 hours, then continued service to Tokyo.

On Jun 15th 2019 the JTSB released their final report concluding the probable causes of the accident were:

In this accident, it is probable that because the Aircraft was shaken during cruising, a flight attendant fell down and got injured.

It is probable that the Aircraft was shaken, because wake turbulence from another aircraft still remained along the flight path of the Aircraft.

The JTSB analysed that there was no significant weather around the accident site, a high pressure system prevailed.

The flight crew observed another aircraft about 20nm ahead and above of them, that crossed their flight path, this aircraft was maintaining FL310 according to their TCAS display. About 100 seconds later the aircraft received a jolt like being lifted from below.

The flight attendant was cleaning up the aft galley after finishing inflight service when the jolt occurred, she had no time to grab anything, she felt like her feet were floating off and then she hit her buttock hard on the floor. The cockpit perceived the jolt like light turbulence, just one jolt occurred and the aircraft continued smoothly again.

According to the flight data recorder there was one jolt producing vertical accelerations of +1.39 and +0.19G.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 27, 2018

Classification
Accident

Flight number
JW-873

Departure
Osaka, Japan

Destination
Amami, Japan

Aircraft Registration
JA14VA

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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