NTSB Identification: IAD96LA058.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 07, 1996 in ATLANTIC OCEAN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200, registration: N653A
Injuries: 1 Serious,193 Uninjured.

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The pilots reported that the airplane was in cruise flight at 31,000 feet msl, when it encountered an area of unexpected severe turbulence. They indicated that the flight had been uneventful and smooth prior to the brief turbulence encounter. During the turbulence encounter, one of the aisle carts became airborne and struck a flight attendant's leg when it landed. There was no forecast for turbulence along the airplane's planned route of flight.

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

the in-flight encounter with unforecast, unexpected turbulence.

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