NTSB Identification: ATL00LA072.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of PAN AM AIRWAYS CORP.
Accident occurred Friday, July 28, 2000 in CHARLESTON, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Boeing 727-200, registration: N364PA
Injuries: 2 Serious,14 Minor,53 Uninjured.

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At 1703:55, the enroute control center, reported hazardous weather conditions for the southeast United States in a convective SIGMET several minutes before the flight encountered severe weather. At approximately 1730, while flying at flight level 330 the pilot deviated to avoid thunderstorm activity. At approximately the same time, the pilot turned on the fasten seat-belt sign, and advised the flight attendants to secure their stations. The flight encountered severe turbulence as the pilot maneuvered to avoid convective activity.

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

The pilot's inadequate evaluation of weather information, and his delay in taking remedial action that resulted in the in-flight encounter with severe weather.

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