Accident Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1 C-FTNJ,
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Date:Thursday 24 November 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1
Owner/operator:Air Canada
Registration: C-FTNJ
MSN: 1067
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 160
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:105 miles off Charleston, SC -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Port of Spain-Piarco Airport (POS/TTPP)
Destination airport:Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Air Canada Flight 965, a Lockheed L-1011, C-FTNJ, with 145 passengers and 15 crewmembers on board, encountered severe turbulence about 105 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, while en route to Toronto, Canada, from Port of Spain, Trinidad. At 19:16, the flight had been cleared to climb and maintain flight level (FL) 370 from FL 350. About 2 minutes later, the ground controller asked the flight to start a turn to the north because of other traffic. The captain stated that he may have to detour around some thunderstorms and also replied that he was in the turn. About 8 minutes later, the flight encountered severe turbulence which lasted several seconds.
One flight attendant and three passengers were seriously injured during the encounter, and two physicians aboard the flight provided immediate medical attention. The flight continued to its destination and landed without further incident about 1 1/2 hours after the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was an encounter with severe clear air turbulence produced by the intrusion of thunderstorm cells into strong winds aloft.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

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13-Oct-2016 18:12 harro Added

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