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Turbulence event - Boeing 737-81D, VH-YFC, near Sydney Airport, NSW, 25 January 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 25 January 2012, a Virgin Australia Boeing Company 737-81D aircraft, registered VH-YFC, (YFC) was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Brisbane to Sydney. 

On descent into Sydney YFC encountered unexpected and severe turbulence which lasted about 3 to 5 seconds.  As a result, three unsecured cabin crew members sustained minor injuries. 

Turbulence is one of the leading causes of in flight injuries and due to the nature of their work cabin crew are 26 times more likely to be injured than passengers.  Measures likely to mitigate the risk of injury from unexpected turbulence include aircraft design and cabin crew training

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General details
Date: 25 January 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2012 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Sydney Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Unrestrained occupants/objects  
Release date: 24 May 2012   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-YFC  
Serial number 39413  
Operator Virgin Aust.  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018