American B738 at Phoenix on Sep 10th 2018, wake turbulence injures flight attendant

Last Update: April 26, 2020 / 14:37:07 GMT/Zulu time

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Sep 10, 2018


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Boeing 737-800

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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N950NN performing fliht AA-2197 from Seattle,WA to Phoenix,AZ (USA), was on final approach to runway 26 descending through 3100 feet MSL when the aircraft experienced turbulence causing injuries to a flight attendant. The aircraft continued for a safe landing about 3 minutes later.

On Apr 25th 2020 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

an inadvertent encounter with wake turbulence.

The NTSB wrote:

On September 10, 2018, at 9:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST), American Airlines flight 2197, a Boeing 737-800, N950NN, encountered wake turbulence while descending through 3,100 feet on approach to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (KPHX), Phoenix, Arizona. A flight attendant was securing items in the galley and was seriously injured as a result of the turbulence. There were no injuries to the other passengers or crew, and the airplane was not damaged. The flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 121 as a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), Seattle, Washington, to KPHX.

According to the flight crew, the seat belt sign was on, and the "prepare for landing" announcement was made to the flight attendants. The airplane was approximately three miles behind a narrow body Airbus, in landing configuration when the turbulence occurred. After landing, the flight crew were notified that one of the flight attendants had been injured. Paramedics met the flight at the gate and the flight attendant was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a broken left rib.
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 10, 2018


Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

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