Condor A339 near Mauritius on Mar 2nd 2023, turbulence injures 20
Last Update: June 21, 2023 / 13:19:19 GMT/Zulu time
The airline reported the aircraft encountered turbulence about 2 hours prior to landing, 20 passengers received injuries, the aircraft cabin received some damage to be further assessed.
The aircraft is still on the ground in Mauritius about 14 hours after landing.
On Mar 16th 2023 the German BFU reported that five occupants received serious injuries when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence. The occurrence is being investigated by Germany's BFU.
On Jun 21st 2023 the BFU reported in their monthly bulletin, three passengers received serious and 1 cabin crew and 16 passengers minor injuries. At the time of the accident the senior first officer was occupying the left hand seat and was pilot flying, the first officer was on the right hand seat and was pilot monitoring. The aircraft was enroute at FL390 flying along airway UM665 with offset 1nm to the right in southerly direction between waypoints UVESO and ANKOR, a similiar aircraft was tracking the same route 2000 feet above them. According to SIGWX Charts cumulonimbus clouds were rising up to FL460 in that area. There had been no pilot reports of any turbulence. The weather radar had been operating all flight showing no significant weather, the first officer also monitored the weather via the weather app on his electronic flight bag, which also showed no significant weather near the actual position of turbulence.
According to the pilot monitoring the position at the time of the turbulence was "Latitude 07° 00' 00.00" S; Longitude 048° 39' 35.75" E" (S7.0000 E48.5933). The weather radar showed clouds ahead, about 20nm before the clouds the crew requested via CDPLC to deviate to the right and changed course without waiting for the clearance. While in the turn the aircraft entered clouds, the strobes were seen reflecting in the clouds, ice crystals formed on the wind screen. At about 00:20Z light turbulence started, the fasten seat belt signs were turned on however no PA was done as the cabin was darkened and the passengers were sleeping, no cabin service was in progress. A few seconds the turbulence severity increased and within 10 seconds loose items and passengers lifted. The FDR recorded vertical accelerations between +1.6G and -0.6G within 10 seconds. The autopilot disconnected automatically. A number of passengers were lifted out of their seats and impacted the passenger service units.
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