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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : spp|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 33000|
msl bound upper : 33000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : mhtg|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B727 Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
inflight encounter other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Location: 125 mi northwest of spp. Entering an area of scattered build-ups I turned on the seat belt sign and made the PA concerning the possibility of turbulence. I then called the flight attendant to inquire at what stage they were in their service. They informed me that the service was complete and all carts were stowed. The 3 of us up front were scanning between the radar and a very dark night sky, with no apparent convective activity within 50 mi. About 15 mins later we spotted a very fast growing build-up off our nose, too close to avoid. The first officer took the aircraft off autoplt and I grabbed the PA microphone to advise the flight attendants to be seated. The turbulence lasted less than 15 seconds. After clearing the WX I called the flight attendants, and they assured me everything was ok. The rest of the flight we were very busy with deviations around WX and monitoring pty WX, with towering cumulus in the area and howard as our only alternate. During this very busy time I overlooked the requirement to report the incident to dispatch. Once on the ground the 3 female flight attendants started complaining of minor injuries due to a liquor cart, which they now said was not stowed and tipped over on a couple of them. The other one claimed a lady exiting the lavatory fell on her.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B727 ON A NIGHT FLT ENCOUNTERS TURB SPONSORED BY AN UNDETECTED TSTM THAT WAS GROWING RAPIDLY IN THEIR FLT PATH. CABIN ATTENDANT INJURIES RPTED.
Narrative: LOCATION: 125 MI NW OF SPP. ENTERING AN AREA OF SCATTERED BUILD-UPS I TURNED ON THE SEAT BELT SIGN AND MADE THE PA CONCERNING THE POSSIBILITY OF TURB. I THEN CALLED THE FLT ATTENDANT TO INQUIRE AT WHAT STAGE THEY WERE IN THEIR SVC. THEY INFORMED ME THAT THE SVC WAS COMPLETE AND ALL CARTS WERE STOWED. THE 3 OF US UP FRONT WERE SCANNING BTWN THE RADAR AND A VERY DARK NIGHT SKY, WITH NO APPARENT CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY WITHIN 50 MI. ABOUT 15 MINS LATER WE SPOTTED A VERY FAST GROWING BUILD-UP OFF OUR NOSE, TOO CLOSE TO AVOID. THE FO TOOK THE ACFT OFF AUTOPLT AND I GRABBED THE PA MIKE TO ADVISE THE FLT ATTENDANTS TO BE SEATED. THE TURB LASTED LESS THAN 15 SECONDS. AFTER CLRING THE WX I CALLED THE FLT ATTENDANTS, AND THEY ASSURED ME EVERYTHING WAS OK. THE REST OF THE FLT WE WERE VERY BUSY WITH DEVS AROUND WX AND MONITORING PTY WX, WITH TOWERING CUMULUS IN THE AREA AND HOWARD AS OUR ONLY ALTERNATE. DURING THIS VERY BUSY TIME I OVERLOOKED THE REQUIREMENT TO RPT THE INCIDENT TO DISPATCH. ONCE ON THE GND THE 3 FEMALE FLT ATTENDANTS STARTED COMPLAINING OF MINOR INJURIES DUE TO A LIQUOR CART, WHICH THEY NOW SAID WAS NOT STOWED AND TIPPED OVER ON A COUPLE OF THEM. THE OTHER ONE CLAIMED A LADY EXITING THE LAVATORY FELL ON HER.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.