Delta A359 near Atlanta on Aug 29th 2023, turbulence injures 17

Last Update: September 22, 2023 / 10:06:24 GMT/Zulu time

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Date of incident
Aug 29, 2023


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Airbus A350-900

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A Delta Airlines Airbus A350-900, registration N576DZ performing flight DL-175 from Milan Malpensa (Italy) to Atlanta,GA (USA) with 151 passengers and 14 crew, was descending towards Atlanta when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing a number of injuries. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Atlanta's runway 08L. 2 crew and 2 passengers received serious injuries, 5 passengers and 8 crew received minor injuries. 11 people were taken to hospital.

The airline reported the aircraft experienced severe turbulence just before safe landing in Atlanta, there were 11 injuries amongst passengers and crew.

On Aug 30th 2023 the FAA reported: "AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED SEVERE TURBULENCE INJUYRING FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND PASSENGERS, ATLANTA, GA.", 4 cabin crew and 8 passengers received minor injuries.

On Aug 31st 2023 the FAA reported, one of the 11 cabin crew sustained serious injuries, 3 cabin crew and 8 passengers minor injuries.

On Sep 8th 2023 the NTSB reported two people received serious injuries, 9 minor injuries when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence on approach to Atlanta. The occurrence rated an accident is being investigated by the NTSB.

On Sep 22nd 2023 the NTSB released their preliminary report stating:

On August 29, 2023, about 1831 Eastern daylight time, Delta Air Lines (DAL) flight 175, an Airbus A350-941 experienced turbulence during descent into Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, Georgia. Of the 14 crew and 151 passengers onboard, 2 crew and 2 passengers sustained serious injuries, and 8 crew and 5 passengers sustained minor injuries. The aircraft sustained minor damage. DAL175 was a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 scheduled international passenger flight from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), Milan, Italy to ATL.

The aircraft was flying the OZZZI 1 arrival into ATL with the seatbelt sign illuminated in the cabin. About 10 miles prior to reaching the OZZZI intersection, the flight crew stated they identified a weather radar return about 40 miles ahead near the KILRR intersection and requested a deviation from air traffic control (ATC) about 1827. The air traffic controller requested the aircraft continue to OZZZI before deviating north and the flight crew accepted this instruction noting only a small white cloud near OZZZI. The flight crew stated there were no PIREPs from preceding aircraft, no nearby weather radar returns, nor any significant turbulence indications on their Flight Weather Viewer application. The relief pilot contacted the flight attendants to inform them that they may encounter turbulence in about 5 minutes and suggested they complete their duties within that time.

Within about 4 minutes, about 1831, the aircraft entered about 12 seconds of instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) at about 14,000 feet and encountered about 2 seconds of severe turbulence within the cloud. The flight crew were notified of injuries in the cabin, declared an emergency with ATC, and requested emergency medical service (EMS) upon arrival in Atlanta. EMS personnel met the aircraft at the gate, and about 11 people were transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

A preliminary weather evaluation was conducted by the NTSB post-flight. Figure 1 shows the accident flight path and the composite radar image including the area of building convection that the accident flight penetrated during the event.

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KATL 300024Z 17016G26KT 10SM SCT015 BKN024 OVC200 26/22 A2986 RMK AO2 PK WND 15027/0000 LTG DSNT SW-NW-NE CB DSNT SW-NW-NE T02560217 $=
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KATL 292252Z 16005KT 10SM FEW038CB SCT055 BKN110 OVC200 28/21 A2983 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT NE AND E SLP089 RAB14E24 CB W-NW DSNT NE-SE MOV N TCU NW-NE P0000 T02830206 $=
KATL 292152Z 16012G19KT 10SM SCT040TCU BKN070 BKN200 BKN250 31/22 A2982 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT E AND SE SLP086 CB DSNT E SE-S TCU E-OHD-W ALQDS T03060222 $=
KATL 292052Z 09005KT 10SM FEW040TCU SCT070 SCT200 BKN250 32/22 A2981 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SE-SW SLP082 CB DSNT SE-SW TCU SW DSNT N-NE NW T03170222 57026 $=
KATL 291952Z 16005KT 10SM FEW033TCU SCT060 SCT200 SCT250 32/23 A2983 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SE SLP090 CB DSNT SE TCU W DSNT NE-E S T03170228 $=
KATL 291852Z 14006KT 10SM SCT030TCU SCT200 SCT250 31/23 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP102 TCU SW-NW MDT CU ALQDS T03060228 $=
KATL 291752Z 13007KT 10SM SCT026 SCT180 SCT250 31/23 A2989 RMK AO2 SLP110 T03060233 10306 20239 58018 $=
KATL 291713Z 11005KT 10SM SCT024 SCT150 SCT250 30/23 A2991 RMK AO2 T03000233 $=
KATL 291652Z 10007KT 9SM BKN022 BKN150 BKN250 29/23 A2992 RMK AO2 SLP120 T02940233 $=
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 29, 2023


Flight number

Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Airbus A350-900

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