NTSB Identification: LAX99LA323.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of AMERICA WEST AIRLINES, INC. (D.B.A. operation of AMERICA WEST AIRLINES, INC. )
Accident occurred Thursday, September 16, 1999 in BEATTY, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/06/2001
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A-320-231, registration: N628AW
Injuries: 1 Serious,10 Minor,128 Uninjured.

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While descending toward the destination airport, the pilot was deviating around thunderstorms and using his airborne radar to identify severe cells. It was a dark night and he was unable to make visual contact with the severe weather. The captain turned on the seat belt sign 45 minutes before the accident due to 'light chop' that he had encountered earlier in the flight. He made a PA announcement in which he told the passengers to return to their seats and to fasten their seat belts. About 20 minutes prior to the accident, he directed the flight attendants to suspend service and to secure the cabin. Once again, he made a PA announcement advising passengers of the increased chance of turbulence during the remainder of the flight. The aircraft encountered turbulence that lasted a few seconds with one large 'bump' that was accompanied by a sudden altitude gain that lasted a couple of seconds. After the event, flight attendants reported injuries to several passengers. According to the flight attendants, one or more of the injured passengers were out of the seats at the time of the turbulence encounter.

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

the failure of the injured passengers to remain seated with their seat belts fastened as directed by the captain.

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