ALK B733 near Basel on Jun 16th 2019, turbulence injures 10 people

Last Update: June 16, 2019 / 22:21:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 16, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VBB-7205

Aircraft Registration
LZ-MVK

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

An ALK Airlines Boeing 737-300, registration LZ-MVK performing flight VBB-7205 from Pristina (Kosovo) to Basel/Mulhouse (Switzerland/France) with 121 people on board, was enroute at FL340 over South Tyrol about 30 minutes prior to landing in Basel when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to 10 passengers while deviating around an isolated active thunderstorm cell. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Basel's runway 15 about 30 minutes later.

The Airport reported 10 passengers needed to be taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

Passengers reported even seats were ripped out of their anchoring.

The occurrence aircraft departed for the return flight VBB-7206 after about 2.5 hours on the ground.

On Jun 17th 2019 the airline reported the fasten seat belt signs were illuminated at the time of the upset, the flight crew anticipated possible turbulence. A strong downdraft occurred and the aircraft deviated slightly from the assigned flight level. The crew immediately afterwards requested a descent (and the aircraft descended to FL320). The aircraft continued for a normal landing, no emergency was declared. Medical assistance was requested after landing, two passengers needed medical assessment. No seats were ripped off at all.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 16, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VBB-7205

Aircraft Registration
LZ-MVK

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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