UNITED AIRLINES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N27958
NTSB Identification: DCA16CA021
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of UNITED AIR LINES INC
Accident occurred Saturday, November 07, 2015 in Beaumont, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/24/2016
Aircraft: BOEING 787, registration: N27958
Injuries: 1 Serious, 220 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to crew statements, the flight encountered light turbulence while deviating around areas of weather depicted on the onboard weather radar during descent from FL350 to 12,000 feet. Air Traffic Control (ATC) had also advised them of areas of precipitation shown on ATC radar. The seatbelt sign was turned on and the flight crew advised the cabin crew to complete service and be seated for arrival.
The flight was returning on course after it appeared they were clear of significant weather when they encountered an area of moderate turbulence and briefly encountered what the crew characterized as severe turbulence. A flight attendant (FA) in the aft galley was lifted into the air and fell back down to the floor injuring her ankle. The flight crew was notified of the injury and they requested paramedics meet the airplane upon arrival.
The FA was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured ankle.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
An inadvertent encounter with convective turbulence resulting in serious injury to a flight attendant.