NTSB Identification: ATL85LA014.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27246.
Scheduled 14 CFR DELTA AIRLINES
Accident occurred Friday, October 19, 1984 in HAMILTON, AL
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-8-71, registration: N825E
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor,93 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.

N825E, OPERATED AS DELTA AIR LINES FLT 977 HEAVY, ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE DURING DESCENT. ONE FLT ATTENDANT SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES, TWO FLT ATTENDANTS & TWO PASSENGERS HAD MINOR INJURIES. EVEN THOUGH THE SEAT BELT SIGN WAS ILLUMINATED THE FLT ATTENDANTS WERE NOT SEATED. THE CAPT STATED THAT AFTER ENCOUNTERING THE TURBULENCE THE ACFT BROKE OUT OF THE CLOUDS & HE COULD SEE THE CUMULUS CLOUD BEHIND, BUT IT HAD NOT SHOWN UP ON RADAR.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE IN CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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