NTSB Identification: ATL03LA051.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 01, 2003 in Atlanta, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/2006
Aircraft: Aerospatiale ATR-72-212, registration: N642AS
Injuries: 1 Serious,15 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.

According to the captain, during cruise flight at 17,000 feet the airplane encountered turbulence. The area of turbulence was not forcasted. During the encounter the seat belt sign was illuminated. The cabin attendants informed the captain the passengers were uninjured and a flight attendant had received minor injuries. After landing the paramedics boarded the airplane, and examined the attendants.The flight attendant was transported to the emergency room where it was determined that one fight attendant had a broken femur.

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

The flight's encounter with severe turbulence that resulted in serious injury to a flight attendant.

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