NTSB Identification: MIA93LA045.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 51134.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 05, 1993 in SARASOTA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/10/1994
Aircraft: BOEING 767-323ER, registration: N360AA
Injuries: 3 Serious,21 Minor,200 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE COMMERCIAL AIRLINER WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT AT FLIGHT LEVEL 310 DEVIATING AROUND THUNDERSTORMS WHEN IT ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE. TWO PASSENGERS AND 1 FLIGHT ATTENDANT RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES, AND 5 FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND 16 PASSENGERS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. THE FLIGHT DIVERTED BACK TO THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. THE DFDR REVEALED THAT THE AIRPLANE EXPERIENCED A TOTAL 'G' EXCURSION OF 2.77 'GS'. THE SEATBELT SIGN WAS ON AND A PASSENGER ANNOUNCEMENT HAD BEEN MADE PRIOR TO THE TURBULENCE BEING ENCOUNTERED.

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

THE IN-FLIGHT ENCOUNTER WITH WEATHER AND THE FAILURE OF THE PASSENGERS TO COMPLY WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE FLIGHTCREW.

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