NTSB Identification: ATL83FA328.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22196.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR operation of GLOBAL INT'L AIRWAYS
Accident occurred Saturday, April 02, 1983 in BALTIMORE, MD
Aircraft: BOEING 707-323C, registration: N8415
Injuries: 1 Serious,190 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.

THE FLT ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE ABOUT 20-25 MIN PRIOR TO LANDING. THE FLT ATTENDANTS WERE RETRIEVING CUPS & TRASH AT THE CONCLUSION OF A HOT MEAL SERVICE. AN ATTENDANT WAS THROWN UPWARD STRIKING THE CEILING, THEN FELL TO THE FLOOR CAUSING A LOWER BACK INJURY. THE FLT WAS IN THE VICINITY OF SEVERAL THUNDERSTORMS WHEN THE TURBULENCE, CHARACTERIZED AS 'HEAVY' OR'SEVERE' WAS ENCOUNTERED. A PA ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE EARLY IN THE FLT THAT TURBULENCE WAS EXPECTED & THAT THE SEAT BELT SIGN WOULD BE LEFT ON DURING THE FLT. THE ATTENDANTS WERE INSTRUCTED BY THE CAPTAIN TO PROVIDE THE SCHEDULED MEAL SERVICE. THE SENIOR ATTENDANT STATED SHE WAS TOLD BY THE CAPTAIN EARLIER IN THE FLT THAT SHE COULD HAVE THE OTHER ATTENDANTS TAKE THEIR SEATS (BECAUSE OF TURBULENCE) AT HER DISCRETION & THE CAPTAIN WOULD MAKE A PA ANNOUNCEMENT IF THE WX WORSENED. SHE ALSO STATED SHE THOUGHT SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED IF SHE CHOSE NOT TO PROVIDE THE MEAL SERVICE FOR SAFETY REASONS. THE FLT ATTENDANTS STATED THEY WERE NOT GIVEN ANY WARNING.

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

SAFETY ADVISORY..NOT ISSUED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE(THUNDERSTORMS)


Contributing Factors

SEAT BELT..NOT USED..FLIGHT ATTENDANT


Contributing Factors

PRESSURE..FLIGHT ATTENDANT

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