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Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Republic Airways Holdings (D.B.A. United Airlines)
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in Cleveland, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/23/2017
Aircraft: EMBRAER ERJ 170 100 SE, registration: N655RW
Injuries: 1 Serious, 52 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.
On July 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm eastern daylight time, Republic Airlines flight 3458, an Embraer 170, N655RW, encountered turbulence during descent at about 16,500 feet. Of the 53 passengers and crew members onboard, one flight attendant was seriously injured and the airplane was not damaged. The airplane was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 as a regularly scheduled passenger flight from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston, Texas, to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cleveland, Ohio.
The flight crew reported that on initial check in with CLE approach control, the controller advised of moderate turbulence. The first officer was in the process of notifying the cabin when the aircraft encountered turbulence. The crew reported the duration of the turbulence was only a few seconds. One flight attendant working in the aft galley fell and broke her left tibia. A medical doctor on board assisted the flight attendant. The flight crew notified operations to have EMS meet the flight and the airplane landed with no further incident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
an inadvertent encounter with turbulence.