NTSB Identification: FTW94LA229.
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Scheduled 14 CFR (D.B.A. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES )
Accident occurred Thursday, July 07, 1994 in SOUTH BEND, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/26/1995
Aircraft: BOEING 737-2H4, registration: N60SW
Injuries: 1 Serious,104 Uninjured.

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A FLIGHT ATTENDANT WORKING IN THE AFT GALLEY FELL TO THE FLOOR SERIOUSLY INJURING HER BACK WHEN THE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE. ACCORDING TO THE FLIGHT CREW, RADAR WAS USED TO AVOID WEATHER AS THE AIRCRAFT APPROACHED SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. THERE HAD BEEN NO PILOT REPORTS OF TURBULENCE, AND THE COMPANY DISPATCHER WEATHER PACKAGE DID NOT REPORT TURBULENCE. AS THE FLIGHT CLIMBED THROUGH FL200, MODERATE TURBULENCE WAS ENCOUNTERED FOR SEVERAL SECONDS. THE AIRCRAFT THEN ENTERED VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND SMOOTH AIR. THE CAPTAIN STATED THAT THE UNEXPECTED TURBULENCE STARTED AND STOPPED SO QUICKLY THAT HE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO WARN THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS. THE SEAT BELT SIGN WAS ILLUMINATED AT THE TIME THE TURBULENCE WAS ENCOUNTERED.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE ENCOUNTER WITH UNFORCASTED AND UNREPORTED TURBULENCE.

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