NTSB Identification: ATL87LA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33443.
Scheduled 14 CFR USAIR
Accident occurred Monday, December 22, 1986 in DUBLIN, VA
Aircraft: BOEING 737-300, registration: N369AU
Injuries: 1 Serious,4 Minor,131 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.

WHILE CLBG TO FL 350, USAIR FLT 95 ENCTRD CONT 'LIGHT CHOP,' SO CREW LVLD AT FL 310 & LEFT THE SEAT BELT SIGN ON. THEY INQUIRED ABOUT TURBC AHEAD & WERE ADZD OF RPRTD LGT/MOD CHOP & 1 ENCTR WITH SVR TURBC AT FL260. CLNC WAS RCVD TO DSCND TO FL 240. DRG DSCNT, THE ACFT ENCTRD SEVERE TURBC. THE CAPT DECLARED AN EMERG & THE DSCNT WAS CONTD TO FL 200. THE CAPTNOTED TURBC LASTED APRX 1.5 MIN BTN FL 270 & FL 210. THERE WERE NO CLDS; THE VIS (AT NGT) WAS UNLIMITED. THE FLT ATTEND-ANTS WERE UNRESTRAINED; 1 WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED & 3 RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. A SIGMET WAS IN EFFECT WHICH FORCAST MOD TOOCLNLY SEVERE TURBC BTN FL 240 & FL 350 IN AN AREA WEST OF THE ACFT'S FLT PATH. INV SHOWED AN INCONSISTENCY IN THE DIS- SEMINATION OF CENTER WX ADVISORIES (CWA'S) & SIGMETS. ALTHO CWA'S & SIGMETS HAD THE SAME LVL OF PRIORITY FOR ATC & FSS USE, CWA'S WERE NOT DISSEMINATED OVR 604 & 135 WX CIRCUITS. USAIR RECEIVED WX INFO VIA FAA'S 604 & 135 CIRCUITS, SO DID NOT HAVE CWA INFO FOR WX BRIEFINGS. WX STUDY SHOWED TURBC WAS ENCTRD WHERE SUBTROPICAL & POLAR JET STREAMS CONVERGED.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE,CLEAR AIR


Contributing Factors

METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURE INADEQUATE..FAA(OTHER/ORGANIZATION)


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