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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198771
Last updated: 25 February 2020
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Date:03-MAR-2012
Time:17:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200LR
Owner/operator:Air Wisconsin
Registration: N453AW
C/n / msn: 7838
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Accident
Location:HARRISBURG, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Cleveland, OH (CLE)
Destination airport:Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On March 3, 2012, about 1720 eastern standard time, Air Wisconsin 3733, a Bombardier CL-600-2B19, N453AW, experienced turbulence during descent into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Of the 50 passengers and crew onboard the airplane, one flight attendant received serious injuries and the airplane was not damaged. The flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 121 as a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cleveland, Ohio to PHL.

According to the flight crew, as the airplane was descending through about 17,000 feet, the flight initially experienced light turbulence so the flight crew turned on the seatbelt sign. Shortly after, the airplane experienced severe clear air turbulence that caused the airplane to drop at least 300 feet. At the time of the turbulence, the flight attendant (FA) was in the galley securing the beverage cart and was thrown to the ceiling and onto the floor injuring her back. The FA was assisted into her jumpseat by a passenger. The flight crew declared an emergency with ATC and requested emergency personnel meet the airplane at the gate. After landing, the FA was transported to the hospital and diagnosed with a fracture of her L-1 vertebrae.
Probable Cause: an inadvertent encounter with clear air turbulence during descent.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120410X01241&key=1


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