NTSB Identification: NYC06LA223.
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Scheduled 14 CFR Southwest Airlines
Accident occurred Saturday, September 16, 2006 in Hastings, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2008
Aircraft: Boeing 737-700, registration: N793SA
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,140 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.

The airplane was in cruise flight at 37,000 feet, and was approaching an area of thunderstorm activity. The seat belt sign was on, and the flight attendants were asked to return to their seats. The flight crew responded to a traffic collision alert by descending, and making a right turn, and then attempted to fly the best route through the weather; however, the airplane encountered moderate turbulence for about 30 seconds, and two flight attendants were injured, one seriously. The flight continued to its destination airport, and landed without further incident. Data from the airplane's flight data recorder indicated that the upset was consistent with the airplane's encounter with turbulence.

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

The airplane's in flight encounter with thunderstorm related turbulence.

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