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
|Date:||25 January 2012||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||2012 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Sydney Airport|
|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 manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Brisbane, Qld|