NTSB Identification: MIA01LA146.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of US Airways Inc
Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 2001 in Toccoa, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2001
Aircraft: Boeing 737-301, registration: N349US
Injuries: 1 Serious,120 Uninjured.

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The pilot was in the clear between FL220 and 240 following another airplane. The radar range was set at 20-40 and 80 miles alternately, and the seat belt sign was illuminated. All weather activity was off the left wing to the north. The other pilot located to their front requested a vector, when they experienced an unforecasted encounter with weather (turbulence). A short time later he was informed that a flight attendant had been injured and the flight diverted back to its departure airport.

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

An in-flight encounter with unforecasted weather (turbulence) during an enroute climb resulting in one flight attendant sustaining serious injury.

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