NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB INVESTIGATING TURBULENCE EVENT OVER MISSOURI

July 21, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating yesterday's turbulence event experienced by United Airlines Flight #967 (N773UA).

The airplane, a Boeing 777-200, en route from Washington, D.C. (Dulles) to Los Angeles, Calif.(LAX), encountered severe turbulence at approximately 6:14 p.m. (MDT) about 60 miles southeast of Kansas City, Missouri and about 40 miles north of Springfield, Missouri, at approximately 34,000 feet. The aircraft diverted and landed in Denver, Colorado.

The airplane had 255 passengers and 10 crew members onboard. Seventeen passengers and four flight attendants reported minor injuries. Initial reports indicate minor damage to the interior of the cabin.

Information from the flight data recorder was downloaded in Denver and was received at NTSB headquarters today where it will be studied by investigators.

Senior Air Safety Investigator, Bill English, is the Investigator-in-Charge. Mr. English and the NTSB technical experts assisting him will conduct the investigation from the NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will not travel to the scene.

Crew member, passenger, and weather information will be gathered over the coming days.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100

 

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