On February 10, 2008, about 1915 local time, a Boeing 737-300, registration B2906, operating as Air China flight 161, encountered turbulence while en cruise flight about 70 nautical miles north west of Osaka-Kansai Airport, Osaka, Japan, while on a flight from Beijing, China, to Osaka. There was no damage to the airplane, and of the 73 passengers and crew, one passenger received serious injuries. The Japanese Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (ARAIC) is investigating, and as the state of design/manufacture for the aircraft, the NTSB has designated a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the ARAIC in their investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing are functioning as Technical Advisors to the U.S. Accredited Representative.

All inquiries for information regarding this investigation should be directed to:

Secretariat of the Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
2-1-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8918

E-mail: ARAIC@mlit.go.jp
Website: http://www.motnet.go.jp/araic/index.html

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