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On 9 July 2009, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft registered VH-TFS, was being operated on a charter passenger flight from Lizard Island, Queensland (Qld) to Cairns, Qld. The flight was being conducted under instrument flight rules. At about 1250 Eastern Standard Time, the aircraft encountered severe turbulence. The pilot and two of the three passengers sustained minor injuries. The flight continued to Cairns and landed without further incident.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau publication 'Staying Safe against In-flight Turbulence' (2009) provides some useful information on aircraft turbulence events. A full copy of that publication is available at www.atsb.gov.au.

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General details
Date: 09 July 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1250 EST  
Location   (show map):37 km S Lizard Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Turbulence/windshear/microburst 
Release date: 29 June 2010 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 208 
Aircraft registration: VH-TFS 
Serial number: 208B1006 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Lizard Island, Qld
Destination:Cairns, Qld
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Last update 14 November 2018