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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : sct.tracon|
|Altitude||msl single value : 10700|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : sct.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||EMB ERJ 135 ER&LR|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 11000
flight time type : 2000
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : wake turbulence|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
|Primary Problem||Environmental Factor|
We were just getting ready to level off at 11000 feet; it was a smooth ride; and I had just turned off the seat belt sign. Our flight attendant had already begun service at that point. A few seconds later; we were hit by wake turbulence. There was no aircraft visible nearby; there was none displayed on TCAS; nor were we alerted to any wake by ATC. We can only assume that the wake had lingered there for quite some time after an aircraft had passed long before. The aircraft rocked rapidly once to the left; then the right; then it was smooth from that point on for the rest of the flight. Immediately after the encounter; we called our flight attendant on the interphone; and he said that he had hit his head; but felt fine. We continued the flight normally to landing in san; and the flight attendant was able to continue all of his normal duties. Once we got on the ground; our flight attendant informed us that his head had steadily begun hurting worse since the initial event; and that he felt he should get some medical attention in order to ensure there were no serious injuries. We agreed; and notified all concerned parties that he would be removed from the return flight. This was just bad luck; wrong place/wrong time. We always strive to avoid known wake turbulence; but sometimes wake can strike without warning.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CABIN ATTENDANT IS INJURED WHEN E135 ENCOUNTERS WAKE TURBULENCE WHILE AT CRUISE AT 11000 FT MSL.
Narrative: WE WERE JUST GETTING READY TO LEVEL OFF AT 11000 FEET; IT WAS A SMOOTH RIDE; AND I HAD JUST TURNED OFF THE SEAT BELT SIGN. OUR FA HAD ALREADY BEGUN SERVICE AT THAT POINT. A FEW SECONDS LATER; WE WERE HIT BY WAKE TURBULENCE. THERE WAS NO AIRCRAFT VISIBLE NEARBY; THERE WAS NONE DISPLAYED ON TCAS; NOR WERE WE ALERTED TO ANY WAKE BY ATC. WE CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THE WAKE HAD LINGERED THERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME AFTER AN AIRCRAFT HAD PASSED LONG BEFORE. THE AIRCRAFT ROCKED RAPIDLY ONCE TO THE LEFT; THEN THE RIGHT; THEN IT WAS SMOOTH FROM THAT POINT ON FOR THE REST OF THE FLIGHT. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ENCOUNTER; WE CALLED OUR FA ON THE INTERPHONE; AND HE SAID THAT HE HAD HIT HIS HEAD; BUT FELT FINE. WE CONTINUED THE FLIGHT NORMALLY TO LANDING IN SAN; AND THE FA WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE ALL OF HIS NORMAL DUTIES. ONCE WE GOT ON THE GROUND; OUR FA INFORMED US THAT HIS HEAD HAD STEADILY BEGUN HURTING WORSE SINCE THE INITIAL EVENT; AND THAT HE FELT HE SHOULD GET SOME MEDICAL ATTENTION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES. WE AGREED; AND NOTIFIED ALL CONCERNED PARTIES THAT HE WOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE RETURN FLIGHT. THIS WAS JUST BAD LUCK; WRONG PLACE/WRONG TIME. WE ALWAYS STRIVE TO AVOID KNOWN WAKE TURBULENCE; BUT SOMETIMES WAKE CAN STRIKE WITHOUT WARNING.
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.