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Shortly after reaching the cruising level of flight level 310, the aircraft encountered a severe downdraft. The seat belt sign had been on since DEPARTURE. However, one passenger was thrown into the overhead panel and fell back on to the seat arm rest, receiving five broken ribs. No fault was found with the seat belt or its buckle. The reason the passenger was not strapped in at the time of the occurrence could not be determined. Although the aircraft was in cloud at the time, no weather radar returns had been received. Severe turbulence had been forecast for the area.

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General details
Date: 27 May 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1145  
Location:220 km S Mackay Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 28 June 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fokker B.V. 
Aircraft model: F28 
Aircraft registration: VH-EWH 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Mackay QLD
Departure time:1130
Destination:Brisbane QLD
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