Delta MD88 at Chicago on Aug 26th 2019, turbulence injures flight attendant

Last Update: April 27, 2020 / 13:51:28 GMT/Zulu time

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Aug 26, 2019


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A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-88, registration N911DL performing flight DL-805 from Atlanta,GA to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 152 people on board, was descending towards Chicago when the flight crew received pilot reports indicating moderate turbulence during the descent and informed cabin crew to expect moderate turbulence in 2-3 minutes and be seated. Cabin crew were preparing the cabin for landing and completed their work. The flight attendant in the aft galley was just returning to the jumpseat, when turbulence lasting about 10-15 seconds occurred causing the flight attendant to lose balance and fall to the floor. After the turbulence subsided the flight attendant was able to make it to the jumpseat and immobilize the injured ankle. Medical services were requested to meet the aircraft upon arrival and the aircraft continued for a safe landing.

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

an encounter with convective turbulence during descent.

The NTSB reported the flight attendant received a fracture of the distal fibula.

The NTSB wrote:

According to the flight crew, during initial descent, they heard reports of moderate turbulence from preceding airplanes on arrival. The captain contacted the cabin crew and informed them of the upcoming moderate turbulence and instructed them to be seated. Shortly after, while deviating around an area of weather, the airplane encountered approximately 10 to 15 seconds of moderate turbulence.

According to cabin crew statements, they had finished service and had stowed everything they needed to in the galley. The captain notified them that turbulence "was coming in three to five minutes." The aft flight attendant was returning to his jumpseat when the turbulence was encountered and was unable to maintain his balance and fell to the floor. After the turbulence had subsided the injured flight attendant was able to make it back to his jumpseat and immobilize his ankle. The flight attendants informed the flight crew of the injury and medical personnel met the airplane at the gate. A subsequent x-ray indicated the flight attendant sustained a fractured distal fibula.
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