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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||navaid : ric.vortac|
|Altitude||msl single value : 26000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zdc.artcc|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737-700|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 13000
flight time type : 7500
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : turbulence|
inflight encounter : weather
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : 3
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
none taken : detected after the fact
Our location was 55-65 NM south of ric VOR (richmond, va) descending. I had seated the flight attendants twice within the last 15 mins as we entered some rain (green only on the radar) due to lack of ride reports. The ride was smooth through the rain and as we broke into the clear, I called the flight attendant's and asked them to continue service as needed. Approaching 65 NM south of ric, we entered into more of the same rain (green only on the radar). Note: the actual thunderstorms were located about 40-50 NM northwest of us. Our range on the radar was being worked from 80 NM, 40 NM, to 20 NM with elevation of +4 to -2. We were descending through FL260 when moderate turbulence occurred for 5-10 seconds, then calm again. The first officer and I were shocked when we felt the first and continuing bumps. The first officer immediately turned on the radar to 10 NM and -2 tilt with nothing but green showing on the radar. I started a turn to the left to clear the rain. My speed at the time was 270-280 KTS and 2000 ft sink rate. We broke into the clear about 30 seconds later and I called the flight attendant's to check on and apologize for the unexpected bumps. Flight attendant 'B' hit her head on the ceiling and flight attendant 'C' was hit in the right shin by the beer kit. Both were seated on the aft jumpseat. Flight attendant 'a' was not injured up front. Flight attendant 'B' had a stiff neck with tingling in her face and pain in her arm. Flight attendant 'C' had a 2-3 inch cut on her right shin. Flight attendant 'a' immediately headed to the back and did a wonderful job of assisting the other flight attendant's, assessing the situation, and informing us. Both flight attendants 'B' and 'C' got up to help, but flight attendant 'a' insisted they remain seated. She applied first aid, then secured the cabin alone. None of our passenger were injured. First officer notified operations and asked paramedics and a flight operations supervisor to meet the aircraft. A PIREP to center was also made as we were given direct to ZZZ. The descent and landing were uneventful and the passenger remained seated while paramedics assisted. Both flight attendant's were taken to hospital where they were treated, after a 1 hour wait, and released.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B737 EXPERIENCES MODERATE TURB RESULTING IN 2 FLT ATTENDANTS BEING INJURED.
Narrative: OUR LOCATION WAS 55-65 NM S OF RIC VOR (RICHMOND, VA) DSNDING. I HAD SEATED THE FLT ATTENDANTS TWICE WITHIN THE LAST 15 MINS AS WE ENTERED SOME RAIN (GREEN ONLY ON THE RADAR) DUE TO LACK OF RIDE RPTS. THE RIDE WAS SMOOTH THROUGH THE RAIN AND AS WE BROKE INTO THE CLR, I CALLED THE FLT ATTENDANT'S AND ASKED THEM TO CONTINUE SVC AS NEEDED. APCHING 65 NM S OF RIC, WE ENTERED INTO MORE OF THE SAME RAIN (GREEN ONLY ON THE RADAR). NOTE: THE ACTUAL TSTMS WERE LOCATED ABOUT 40-50 NM NW OF US. OUR RANGE ON THE RADAR WAS BEING WORKED FROM 80 NM, 40 NM, TO 20 NM WITH ELEVATION OF +4 TO -2. WE WERE DSNDING THROUGH FL260 WHEN MODERATE TURB OCCURRED FOR 5-10 SECONDS, THEN CALM AGAIN. THE FO AND I WERE SHOCKED WHEN WE FELT THE FIRST AND CONTINUING BUMPS. THE FO IMMEDIATELY TURNED ON THE RADAR TO 10 NM AND -2 TILT WITH NOTHING BUT GREEN SHOWING ON THE RADAR. I STARTED A TURN TO THE L TO CLR THE RAIN. MY SPD AT THE TIME WAS 270-280 KTS AND 2000 FT SINK RATE. WE BROKE INTO THE CLR ABOUT 30 SECONDS LATER AND I CALLED THE FLT ATTENDANT'S TO CHK ON AND APOLOGIZE FOR THE UNEXPECTED BUMPS. FLT ATTENDANT 'B' HIT HER HEAD ON THE CEILING AND FLT ATTENDANT 'C' WAS HIT IN THE R SHIN BY THE BEER KIT. BOTH WERE SEATED ON THE AFT JUMPSEAT. FLT ATTENDANT 'A' WAS NOT INJURED UP FRONT. FLT ATTENDANT 'B' HAD A STIFF NECK WITH TINGLING IN HER FACE AND PAIN IN HER ARM. FLT ATTENDANT 'C' HAD A 2-3 INCH CUT ON HER R SHIN. FLT ATTENDANT 'A' IMMEDIATELY HEADED TO THE BACK AND DID A WONDERFUL JOB OF ASSISTING THE OTHER FLT ATTENDANT'S, ASSESSING THE SIT, AND INFORMING US. BOTH FLT ATTENDANTS 'B' AND 'C' GOT UP TO HELP, BUT FLT ATTENDANT 'A' INSISTED THEY REMAIN SEATED. SHE APPLIED FIRST AID, THEN SECURED THE CABIN ALONE. NONE OF OUR PAX WERE INJURED. FO NOTIFIED OPS AND ASKED PARAMEDICS AND A FLT OPS SUPVR TO MEET THE ACFT. A PIREP TO CTR WAS ALSO MADE AS WE WERE GIVEN DIRECT TO ZZZ. THE DSCNT AND LNDG WERE UNEVENTFUL AND THE PAX REMAINED SEATED WHILE PARAMEDICS ASSISTED. BOTH FLT ATTENDANT'S WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WHERE THEY WERE TREATED, AFTER A 1 HR WAIT, AND RELEASED.
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.