Accident: Continental B762 over Caribbean on Aug 3rd 2009

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Accident: Continental B762 over Caribbean on Aug 3rd 2009

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Dec 29, 2011

Accident: Continental B762 over Caribbean on Aug 3rd 2009, severe turbulence injures 26
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Dec 29th 2011 14:04Z, last updated Thursday, Dec 29th 2011 14:04Z

The NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

The flight crew's inadvertent flight through the top of a convective updraft that resulted in an encounter with convective induced turbulence. Contributing to the severity of the incident was the unrestrained status of several passengers, contrary to the lighted seat belt sign.

The NTSB stated: "The FDR data indicated that, upon a climb from 36,000 feet to 38,000 feet, the vertical acceleration changed from 1.0 g’s to 2.0 g’s in one second, continued to oscillate from 2.0 g’s to 0.9’s for seven seconds before returning to 1.0 g’s and then immediately accelerating to -1.0 g’s in 0.5 seconds. No pilot reports near the location and close to the time of the turbulence encounter were found on record, and the weather document issued for the incident flight showed no predicted turbulence activity at the time of the turbulence event in the turbulence region. In addition, a meteorological study using satellite weather imagery at the time of the incident indicated the presence of isolated, rapidly developing cumulus congestus to cumulonimbus clouds under the airplane’s flight path."

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Aug 3rd 2009 12:25Z, last updated Friday, Sep 11th 2009 11:21Z

A Continental Airlines Boeing 767-200, registration N76156 performing flight CO-128 from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Houston,TX (USA) with 168 passengers and 11 crew, was enroute at FL380 about 50nm north of the Dominican Republic and 600nm from Miami, when the airplane encountered severe turbulence. A number of people on board received injuries, 4 of them severe injuries. The airplane diverted to Miami,FL (USA), where the airplane landed safely on runway 26L about 85 minutes later.

Miami emergency services reported 26 injuries, 4 of them serious, the airplane was received by ambulances and medical staff taking care of the injured after landing.

Continental Airlines said, that 9 people were brought to local hospitals and 28 others treated at the airport.

The FAA reported 4 serious and 22 minor injuries.

On Sep 10th the FAA released the Air Traffic Control recordings of Miami Center position 62 (encounter of turbulence), position 61 (redirecting towards Miami) and Miami approach, all about one hour each with all other traffic included at: ... 009-08-03/. The Aviation Herald has prepared excerpts containing just CO-128 related communication:

Miami Center position 62 (9 mins 1MB, turbulence encounter): ... adar62.mp3
Miami Center position 61 (2:30 mins 300kB, redirecting and descent towards Miami): ... adar61.mp3
Miami Approach (2:47 mins 14MB): ... tracon.mp3 ... /SBGL/KMIA

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