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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||navaid : zzz.vor|
|Altitude||msl single value : 32000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-80 Series (DC-9-80) Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : turbulence|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : declared emergency
flight crew : diverted to another airport
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Cabin Crew Human Performance
Normal takeoff and climb to FL320. We leveled off and established cruise of mach .76 and was headed for abc VOR. We had seen no significant WX until close to ZZZ. It was east and south of abc. We asked for a deviation to the west for a little more room. Turned on seatbelt sign just as a precaution about 7-8 mins before we hit the turbulence. We were about 10-15 mi north and west of abc. We hit a couple of small bumps. I got on the PA; told the flight attendants to pick up and take their seats. Not more than 15-20 seconds later; got hit with severe turbulence not lasting more than 10-15 seconds. Reported it to ZZZ center. Altitude gain or lost not more than 150 ft. After clear of turbulence; called to back of aircraft to find out about damage/injury to anyone. Informed the #2 flight attendant was bleeding from her nose and mouth. The #4 had hit head and was bleeding from the nose. One passenger; who was in the aft lavatory with the seatbelt sign on; had hit her head and was bleeding. I declared an emergency and requested clearance back to ZZZ and to have medical equipment and personnel meet us at the gate. I didn't suspect any damage to the aircraft; no abnormal control inputs were needed. Center gave us vectors to ZZZ on the ground in about 15 mins. Landing weight was 130000 pounds. Taxied to gate; met by ground personnel and medical. There were no previous reports of turbulence on our route of flight.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MD80 CREW RPTS ENCOUNTERING SEVERE TURB AT FL320 INJURING 2 FLT ATTENDANTS AND 1 PAX.
Narrative: NORMAL TKOF AND CLB TO FL320. WE LEVELED OFF AND ESTABLISHED CRUISE OF MACH .76 AND WAS HEADED FOR ABC VOR. WE HAD SEEN NO SIGNIFICANT WX UNTIL CLOSE TO ZZZ. IT WAS E AND S OF ABC. WE ASKED FOR A DEV TO THE W FOR A LITTLE MORE ROOM. TURNED ON SEATBELT SIGN JUST AS A PRECAUTION ABOUT 7-8 MINS BEFORE WE HIT THE TURB. WE WERE ABOUT 10-15 MI N AND W OF ABC. WE HIT A COUPLE OF SMALL BUMPS. I GOT ON THE PA; TOLD THE FLT ATTENDANTS TO PICK UP AND TAKE THEIR SEATS. NOT MORE THAN 15-20 SECONDS LATER; GOT HIT WITH SEVERE TURB NOT LASTING MORE THAN 10-15 SECONDS. RPTED IT TO ZZZ CTR. ALT GAIN OR LOST NOT MORE THAN 150 FT. AFTER CLR OF TURB; CALLED TO BACK OF ACFT TO FIND OUT ABOUT DAMAGE/INJURY TO ANYONE. INFORMED THE #2 FLT ATTENDANT WAS BLEEDING FROM HER NOSE AND MOUTH. THE #4 HAD HIT HEAD AND WAS BLEEDING FROM THE NOSE. ONE PAX; WHO WAS IN THE AFT LAVATORY WITH THE SEATBELT SIGN ON; HAD HIT HER HEAD AND WAS BLEEDING. I DECLARED AN EMER AND REQUESTED CLRNC BACK TO ZZZ AND TO HAVE MEDICAL EQUIP AND PERSONNEL MEET US AT THE GATE. I DIDN'T SUSPECT ANY DAMAGE TO THE ACFT; NO ABNORMAL CTL INPUTS WERE NEEDED. CTR GAVE US VECTORS TO ZZZ ON THE GND IN ABOUT 15 MINS. LNDG WT WAS 130000 LBS. TAXIED TO GATE; MET BY GND PERSONNEL AND MEDICAL. THERE WERE NO PREVIOUS RPTS OF TURB ON OUR RTE OF FLT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.