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|Local Time Of Day||0001 To 0600|
|Locale Reference||navaid : fak.vortac|
|Altitude||msl single value : 12000|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pct.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||A319|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||other vortac|
|Flight Phase||descent : intermediate altitude|
|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
pilot : multi engine
|Anomaly||cabin event other|
inflight encounter : turbulence
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
Flight Crew Human Performance
ATC Human Performance
During descent, flight attendants in aft galley area were displaced by turbulence associated with convective activity south of our course. Seat belt sign had been turned on earlier in anticipation of chop, although ATC had told us previous aircraft had been smooth throughout the area at our altitude. Radar painted green and yellow returns to the south of our course, and prior to the singular jolt of turbulence, our ride had been only light chop. Within 1-2 mi of our jolt, we started getting doppler returns slightly right of our course, followed by the jolt that displaced the flight attendant #1. The jolt was significant. I called flight attendant on the interphone and didn't get a response because he had taken a seat in the cabin. I called the aft galley, and one flight attendant answered and said that they were ok, but that she had hit her head during the event. Later I was able to contact #1 flight attendant, and he was ok. The flight proceeded uneventfully. On the walk to the hotel van, both aft galley flight attendants mentioned possible injuries from the event. The one who had hit her head had a visible bruise on her scalp. The other flight attendant feared she had re-stressed her previously injured shoulder. During the night, the flight attendant who had hit her head, went to an all night clinic where they prescribed her pain killers, told her she had strained her neck and shoulder, and checked her cognitive function as ok. She was displaced for the outbound leg the next morning by the crew desk. The flight attendant with the feared shoulder injury was planning to see a doctor at the end of the trip. Supplemental information from acn 588435: descending into ric with some convective activity in the area, we encountered a momentary jolt of moderate to severe turbulence, which caused our 2 aft flight attendants to be bounced to the ground. We had very little warning of the turbulence, and had turned on the seat belt sign at least 5 mins prior to the encounter.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN A319 EXPERIENCED MODERATE TO SEVERE TURB WITH NO WARNING, RESULTING IN 2 CABIN ATTENDANTS BEING INJURED, DURING APCH TO RIC.
Narrative: DURING DSCNT, FLT ATTENDANTS IN AFT GALLEY AREA WERE DISPLACED BY TURB ASSOCIATED WITH CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY S OF OUR COURSE. SEAT BELT SIGN HAD BEEN TURNED ON EARLIER IN ANTICIPATION OF CHOP, ALTHOUGH ATC HAD TOLD US PREVIOUS ACFT HAD BEEN SMOOTH THROUGHOUT THE AREA AT OUR ALT. RADAR PAINTED GREEN AND YELLOW RETURNS TO THE S OF OUR COURSE, AND PRIOR TO THE SINGULAR JOLT OF TURB, OUR RIDE HAD BEEN ONLY LIGHT CHOP. WITHIN 1-2 MI OF OUR JOLT, WE STARTED GETTING DOPPLER RETURNS SLIGHTLY R OF OUR COURSE, FOLLOWED BY THE JOLT THAT DISPLACED THE FLT ATTENDANT #1. THE JOLT WAS SIGNIFICANT. I CALLED FLT ATTENDANT ON THE INTERPHONE AND DIDN'T GET A RESPONSE BECAUSE HE HAD TAKEN A SEAT IN THE CABIN. I CALLED THE AFT GALLEY, AND ONE FLT ATTENDANT ANSWERED AND SAID THAT THEY WERE OK, BUT THAT SHE HAD HIT HER HEAD DURING THE EVENT. LATER I WAS ABLE TO CONTACT #1 FLT ATTENDANT, AND HE WAS OK. THE FLT PROCEEDED UNEVENTFULLY. ON THE WALK TO THE HOTEL VAN, BOTH AFT GALLEY FLT ATTENDANTS MENTIONED POSSIBLE INJURIES FROM THE EVENT. THE ONE WHO HAD HIT HER HEAD HAD A VISIBLE BRUISE ON HER SCALP. THE OTHER FLT ATTENDANT FEARED SHE HAD RE-STRESSED HER PREVIOUSLY INJURED SHOULDER. DURING THE NIGHT, THE FLT ATTENDANT WHO HAD HIT HER HEAD, WENT TO AN ALL NIGHT CLINIC WHERE THEY PRESCRIBED HER PAIN KILLERS, TOLD HER SHE HAD STRAINED HER NECK AND SHOULDER, AND CHKED HER COGNITIVE FUNCTION AS OK. SHE WAS DISPLACED FOR THE OUTBOUND LEG THE NEXT MORNING BY THE CREW DESK. THE FLT ATTENDANT WITH THE FEARED SHOULDER INJURY WAS PLANNING TO SEE A DOCTOR AT THE END OF THE TRIP. SUPPLEMENTAL INFO FROM ACN 588435: DSNDING INTO RIC WITH SOME CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY IN THE AREA, WE ENCOUNTERED A MOMENTARY JOLT OF MODERATE TO SEVERE TURB, WHICH CAUSED OUR 2 AFT FLT ATTENDANTS TO BE BOUNCED TO THE GND. WE HAD VERY LITTLE WARNING OF THE TURB, AND HAD TURNED ON THE SEAT BELT SIGN AT LEAST 5 MINS PRIOR TO THE ENCOUNTER.
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.