American B738 enroute on Feb 5th 2019, severe turbulence injures flight attendant

Last Update: March 2, 2022 / 15:26:31 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 5, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
AA-1204

Aircraft Registration
N852NN

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N852NN performing flight AA-1204 from San Jose (Costa Rica) to Miami,FL (USA), was enroute at FL380 when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing a serious injury to a flight attendant. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Miami's runway 08R. The flight attendant was taken to a hospital.

The FAA reported the flight attendant sustained a fractured ankle.

On Mar 26th 2020 the NTSB reported the occurrence was rated an accident and is being investigated by the NTSB.

On Mar 2nd 2022 the NTSB released their final report (investigation docket) concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

An inadvertent encounter with clear air turbulence.

The NTSB analysed:

On February 5, 2019, about 0733 central standard time, American Airlines flight 1204, N852NN, a Boeing 737-823, encountered severe turbulence during climb. Of the 119 passengers and crew onboard, one flight attendant received a serious injury and another flight attendant received minor injuries. The airplane was not damaged. The regularly scheduled international passenger flight was operating under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) San Jose, Costa Rica, to Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami, Florida.

The captain was the pilot flying and the copilot was pilot monitoring. The flight was climbing through FL310 to the planned cruising altitude when the flight encountered moderate to severe clear air turbulence. According to the flight crew, the seatbelt sign was on when the turbulence occurred. The turbulence subsided after about one and a half minutes and occurred during daylight, in visual meteorological conditions, and with no indications of convective weather in the area.

At the time of the turbulence, two flight attendants (FA) had just started to prepare for beverage service in the aft galley when they were thrown to the floor. Both FAs crawled to the last row of seats as the turbulence continued. The two FAs were then assisted for the remainder of the flight by to passenger medical professionals. After landing, the FAs were transported to the hospital where one was diagnosed with a broken foot and the other with minor bruises.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N852NN
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
737-823
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
B738
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
Engine Type
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Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 5, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
AA-1204

Aircraft Registration
N852NN

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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