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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215237
Last updated: 19 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-76N
Owner/operator:Southwest Airlines
Registration: N7733B
MSN: 32678/2055
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 148
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Diego, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Denver, CO (KDEN)
Destination airport:San Diego, CA (KSAN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On December 26, 2015, at about 1238 pacific standard time, Southwest Airlines flight 5895, a Boeing 737-700, N7733B, encountered moderate turbulence while descending for approach to San Diego International Airport (KSAN), San Diego, California. Of the 148 passengers and crewmembers onboard, 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 Denver International Airport (KDEN), Denver, Colorado, to KSAN.

The flight crew stated that turbulence encounter occurred as the airplane was descending through about 14,000 feet and the seatbelt sign was illuminated. At the time of the turbulence encounter, the three flight attendants (FA) were standing in the aft galley preparing to secure the cabin. When the turbulence began, all three FAs attempted to brace themselves but one FA was unable to grab an assist handle by the galley when she thrown to the floor. She was unable to stand back up on her own and required assistance from the other FAs.

After landing, the injured FA was transported to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured ankle.

Probable Cause: An inadvertent encounter with clear air turbulence.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of N7733B courtesy

Dallas - Love Field (KDAL / DAL)
7 March 2021; (c) Robin Guess

Revision history:

09-Sep-2018 17:26 ASN Update Bot Added

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