NTSB Identification: FTW96LA271.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of FRONTIER AIRLINES
Accident occurred Saturday, June 22, 1996 in GRANITE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Boeing 737-201, registration: N207AU
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor,95 Uninjured.

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The crew had been forewarned to expect severe turbulence on descent into the Denver area. The 'Fasten Seat Belts' sign was turned on, and flight attendants were instructed to make sure everyone was seated with their seat belts fastened. An elderly woman got up and walked towards the aft lavatory. Light turbulence was encountered as a flight attendant attempted to seat the passenger in a jump seat. Before seat belts could be fastened, the airplane encountered severe turbulence. The passenger and flight attendant were thrown around the cabin, sustaining a serious injury and minor injury, respectively. Another flight attendant and a passenger also sustained minor injuries.

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

An encounter with clear air turbulence.

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