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Turbulence Event - VH-TFS, 37 km S Lizard Island, Qld, 9 July 2009

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 37 km S Lizard Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Turbulence/windshear/microburst  
Release date: 29 June 2010   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 14 November 2018