NTSB Identification: LAX00LA072.
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Scheduled 14 CFR AMERICA WEST AIRLINES INC.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 11, 2000 in LAS VEGAS, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/21/2001
Aircraft: Boeing 757-2G7, registration: N909AW
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,42 Uninjured.

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One flight attendant sustained serious injuries and another sustained minor injuries when the airplane encountered moderate to severe turbulence while in cruise flight at 35,000 feet. Approximately 2 hours from landing, the flight crew called the flight attendants to inform them that turbulence was expected (based on ATC ride reports) and to secure the cabin and galleys. The flight crew said the airplane had been slowed to 0.78 Mach when turbulence was encountered. One flight attendant, now in seat 34C, did not fasten her seatbelt immediately. She was lifted into the air during the encounter. She hit the overhead compartment and fell on an armrest and then to the floor.

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

Encounter with Clear Air Turbulence. Poor communication between the captain and flight attendants as to the urgency for the flight attendants to take their seats was a contributing factor.

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