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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  
Location   (show map):near Sydney Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Unrestrained occupants/objects 
Release date: 24 May 2012 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
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
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Last update 18 April 2018