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NTSB Identification: DCA14LA060
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of United Airlines
Accident occurred Monday, February 17, 2014 in Billings, MT
Aircraft: BOEING 737-700, registration: N23708
Injuries: 2 Serious, 9 Minor, 108 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 17, 2014, about 1415 central standard time, a Boeing 737-700, N23708, operating as United Airlines flight 1676, encountered severe clear air turbulence while in cruise flight at flight level 340. Of the 114 passengers and 5 crewmembers, there were 2 serious injuries, and 9 reported minor injuries which included one lap-held infant. The airplane sustained minor damage. The flight crew subsequently declared an emergency and continued for an uneventful landing at the Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Billings, Montana. The regularly scheduled passenger flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 and originated from Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, Colorado with BIL as the intended destination. The flight crew reported the weather was clear at the time of the event.