American B763 over Atlantic on Jan 24th 2016, turbulence injures 7

Last Update: January 26, 2016 / 16:49:05 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 24, 2016

Classification
Accident

Flight number
AA-206

Aircraft Registration
N342AN

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

An American Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N342AN performing flight AA-206 from Miami,FL (USA) to Milano Malpensa (Italy) with 192 passengers and 11 crew, was enroute at FL270 about 420nm southsoutheast of St. John's,NL (Canada) at a speed of approximately 640 knots over ground at about 23:45Z, when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing minor injuries to 3 flight attendants and 4 passengers. The flight decided to divert to St. John's reporting that one of the flight attendants was bleeding and the bleeding could not be stopped, requesting medical services as well as fire trucks on standby for a brakes inspection. The aircraft climbed to FL330 during the diversion resulting in a speed of 400 knots over ground. The crew inquired about the condition of the runway indicating that they might need to continue to Gander,NL in case braking action was less than good. Approach control advised that an arriving aircraft had just told tower that the braking action was good, the crew therefore decided to continue to St. John's, where the aircraft landed safely on runway 11 about 90 minutes after the decision to divert.

The airline reported 3 flight attendants and 4 passengers received minor injuries as result of brief severe turbulence encountered in flight, all 7 were taken to a hospital. The captain believed the turbulence was caused by the storm system "Jonas", that had snowed the East Coast of the USA in during the weekend and had been nicknamed "Snowzilla" by US media.

A replacement Boeing 767-300 registration N388AA reached Milano with a delay of 25 hours.

On Jan 26th 2016 the FAA reported one flight attendant and two passengers received injuries.

The occurrence aircraft positioned back to Miami, then positioned to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA).
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 24, 2016

Classification
Accident

Flight number
AA-206

Aircraft Registration
N342AN

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

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