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Deaths/severe Injuries From In Flight Turbulence  
User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5442 times:

In the jet age of passenger flight, I think only about 1 or 2 people have been killed during in-flight severe turbulence but have have their been more? I wonder about any severe injuries from severe turbulence, that is major head trauma, back and neck injures and major broken bones.

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User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 985 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

Although not caused by severe turbulence but by severe pitch over 7 un-belted passengers where killed in a Falcon 900 bizjet over Romania. Those with belts on, including the crew, survived. This aircraft was repaired and is back in service.

Report: http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/681.pdf

User currently offlinejetMARC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 597 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

United flight 826, NRT-HNL in 1997 hit turbulence and one pax was fatally injured.


More recently, Continental flight 511 hit turbulence, and a pax that refused to return to her
seat was thrown against the lavatory ceiling and broke her neck and is now paralyzed.


"Sucka, I'm gonna send you out on Knuckle Airlines. Fist Class!!" ~ Mr. T
User currently offlineaviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

In the US, I believe around 20 people each year are injured by turbulence to the extent they require medical attention. That includes crewmembers.

Twenty people out of almost eight-hundred million? I like those odds.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author
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