SAA A343 near Johannesburg on Dec 29th 2012, severe clear air turbulence injures 2 cabin crew
Last Update: July 23, 2013 / 16:43:56 GMT/Zulu time
South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) released their final report concluding the cause of the accident was:
The aircraft encountered sudden severe air turbulence during the descent, which resulted in two cabin crew members being seriously injured. They were not seated nor restrained at the time.
The SACAA reported that the crew did not observe any turbulence or moisture indicative of clouds on their weather radar. The fasten seat belt signs had been illuminated about 10 minutes prior to the turbulence encounter, however, the captain had not instructed cabin crew to take their seats due to the lack of indications on the weather radar.
In the region there were isolated thunderstorms at the time of the accident.
The SACAA stated that they received information about the occurrence only 6 days after the accident, hence no cockpit voice recorder or flight data recordings were downloaded. The investigation was based on quick access recorder data.
No safety recommendations were released as result of the investigation.
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