NTSB Identification: ATL95LA062.
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Scheduled 14 CFR DELTA AIR LINES
Accident occurred Thursday, March 16, 1995 in ALMA, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/13/1995
Aircraft: BOEING 727-200, registration: N295WA
Injuries: 1 Serious,5 Minor,132 Uninjured.

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WHILE EN ROUTE FROM NASSAU, BAHAMAS TO ATLANTA, GEORGIA THE DOMESTIC PASSENGER FLIGHT, A BOEING 727-200, ENCOUNTERED CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE AT FL370. THE AIRCRAFT HAD EXPERIENCE LIGHT CHOP PRIOR TO REACHING FL370, AND THE FASTEN SEAT BELT SIGN WAS ILLUMINATED. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS EXISTED AT FL370, AND THE CREW HAD NO INDICATION THAT THEY MAY ENCOUNTER ANY SEVERE TURBULENCE. BETWEEN 1435:31.42 AND 1435:31.45, WITHOUT WARNING, THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED 52.2 DEGREES RIGHT AND 58.9 DEGREES LEFT. THE VERTICAL ACCELERATION REACHED A MAXIMUM OF 1.93 'G' AND A MINIMUM OF -0.80 'G' WITHIN THE SAME TIME INTERVAL. THE AIRCRAFT LOST 1,500 FEET IN ALTITUDE.

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

THE AIRCRAFT'S ENCOUNTER WITH UNFORECAST CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE.

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