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.
|Date:||09 July 2009||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1250 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||37 km S Lizard Island|
|Release date:||29 June 2010||Occurrence class:||Environment|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Lizard Island, Qld|