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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207629
Last updated: 24 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8C model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-311
Registration: N838CA
MSN: 527
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 53
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:50 miles S of Washington, DC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Fayettville, NC (KFAY)
Destination airport:Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD/KIAD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On February 13, 2017, at 1115 eastern standard time, a Bombardier DHC-8, operated by Commutair as a scheduled flight from Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), encountered turbulence resulting in a serious injury to the flight attendant. The airplane was not damaged and there were no other injuries.

According to the operator, the flight was in smooth conditions during the cruise portion and initial descent. The Captain stated that as he finished the before-landing checklist at 4,000 feet, approximately 50 miles south of IAD, the flight encountered a "pocket" of moderate turbulence resulting in a descent rate of about 600 feet per minute and an altitude loss of about 400 feet. The Captain called to the cabin to check on the passengers and the flight attendant reported she injured her leg and could not walk.

The flight attendant reported that she was in the final stages of preparing the cabin for landing when the turbulence occurred. Passengers assisted her until landing and paramedics met the aircraft at the gate. The flight attendant was diagnosed with a broken ankle.

Probable Cause: an inadvertent encounter with clear air turbulence.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


Photo of N838CA courtesy

Glasgow - Prestwick (EGPK / PIK)
22 April 2011; (c) Ian Howat

Revision history:

15-Mar-2018 20:13 ASN Update Bot Added
16-Mar-2018 16:41 harro Updated [Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
16-Mar-2018 16:42 harro Updated [Location]

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