NTSB Identification: NYC02LA088.
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Scheduled 14 CFR CONTINENTAL AIRLINES INC
Accident occurred Monday, April 22, 2002 in Atlantic Ocean
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2003
Aircraft: Boeing 767-224, registration: N68160
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor,119 Uninjured.

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The airplane was in cruise flight at flight level 360, over the Atlantic Ocean, about 75 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, when it encountered turbulence. One flight attendant sustained a serious injury, and one flight attendant and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight continued to its destination and landed without further incident. Review of National Weather Service Weather Surveillance Radar revealed echoes along the airway where the turbulence event occurred; which implied that the turbulent event was likely associated with a Convective Induced Turbulence (CIT) encounter related to the airflow associated with cumulonimbus activity, and possibly above and downwind of the cumulonimbus cloud tops.

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

The airplane's inadvertent encounter which clear air turbulence during cruise flight.

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