NTSB Identification: NYC87FA257.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35146.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of USAIR
Accident occurred Thursday, September 17, 1987 in PITTSBURGH, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: BOEING 727-200, registration: N774AL
Injuries: 1 Serious,70 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE DESCENDING OUT OF FLT LVL 270 FOR LNDG, USAIR FLIGHT 10 ENCOUNTERED LIGHT TO MODERATE TURBULENCE. PRIOR TO THIS THIS ENCOUNTER, THE CAPT ADVISED ALL PASSENGERS AND CABIN CREW TO REMAIN SEATED AND TO ENGAGE THEIR SEATBELTS. A SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE BY THE CABIN ATTENDANTS. AN ELDERLY INVALID FEMALE PASSENGER STATED SHE HAD TO USE TO THE RESTROOM PRIOR TO LNDG SINCE HER WALKING DEVICE WAS BEING SHIPPED AND SHE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE FACILITIES AT THE ARPT. THE ATTENDANTS ATTEMPTED TO DISSUADE HER BUT SHE PREVAILED. TWO OF THEM HELPED HER TO HER FEET AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF ASSISTING HER DOWN THE ISLE WHEN THEY WERE ALL THROWN TO THE FLOOR BY INFLIGHT TURBULENCE. THE PASSENGER SUSTAINED TWO BROKEN BONES AND OTHER INJURIES. THE FLT WAS GIVEN SPECIAL HANDLING AND LNDD WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

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

PASSENGER BRIEFING..DISREGARDED..PASSENGER

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..FLIGHT ATTENDANT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE



Contributing Factors

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT..PASSENGER

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