NTSB Identification: NYC02LA042.
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Scheduled 14 CFR (D.B.A. CommutAir)
Accident occurred Thursday, December 20, 2001 in Boston, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/2002
Aircraft: Raytheon BE-1900D, registration: N858CA
Injuries: 1 Serious,12 Uninjured.

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While parked on the ramp, with the engines were shut down, the first officer opened the main cabin door and exited the airplane. As the first officer stood between the main cabin door airstair and the left engine propeller blades, he observed a passenger, wearing sandal type shoes with no rear strap, deplaning. The first officer also observed that the passenger carried a medium sized bag around her left shoulder, another bag being carried with her right hand, and a book in her left hand. As the passenger stepped onto the first step, the first officer assisted her by guiding the bag being carried on her left shoulder away from the handrail. The passenger continued down the stairs, and when her right foot came down onto the last step, she lost her balance, and fell to the ground. The passenger was transported to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with a broken femur bone.

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

The passengers misjudged step, which resulted in a loss of balance and subsequent fall.

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