NTSB Identification: SEA83LA039.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20280.
Scheduled 14 CFR WESTERN AIRLINES, INC.
Accident occurred Friday, January 07, 1983 in NEAR YAKIMA, WA
Aircraft: BOEING 727, registration: N292WA
Injuries: 1 Serious,36 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.

DURING A CLIMB TO CRUISE, ONE PASSENGER WAS INJURED WHEN TURBULENCE WAS ENCOUNTERED AT ABOUT 20,500 FT MSL. THE INJURED PASSENGER WAS A 73 YEAR OLD MALE, A RETIRED PRIEST AND THE ONLY PASSENGER NOT SEATED AND WEARING A SEATBELT.AS HE EXITED THE RESTROOM, THE TURBULENCE WAS SEVERE ENOUGH TO BREAK BOTH ANKLES. THE FLIGHT RETURNED TO SEATTLE AND THEINJURED PASSENGER WAS DEPLANNED AND HOSPITILIZED.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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

SEAT BELT..NOT USED..PASSENGER


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

SEAT BELT SIGN..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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