On 20 May 2011, a Qantas Airways Boeing 767-338 aircraft, registered VH OGR, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Melbourne, Victoria to Perth, Western Australia.
During the approach to runway 03 at Perth, the aircraft encountered turbulence over a 9 second period, with severe turbulence recorded for 3-4 seconds during that time; a go-around was conducted.
Two passengers, who were reportedly not wearing their seat belts at the time, sustained head injuries from coming into contact with a window reveal and an overhead locker. After landing, both passengers received medical attention, with one being transported to hospital.
As a result of this occurrence, the aircraft operator has advised the ATSB that they intend to present this incident at the Airservices Australia industry participation working group for discussion; to improve the dissemination of information relating to windshear events.
Generally, 99 per cent of people receive no injuries during a
turbulence encounter; however, if passengers and cabin crew are not
wearing their seatbelts, they can be thrown around without warning.
Almost all in-flight turbulence injuries could be avoided by
wearing a seatbelt and paying attention to any safety announcements
made by the flight crew and cabin crew during the flight.
|Date:||20 May 2011||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||0915 WST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Perth Airport|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Turbulence/windshear/microburst|
|Release date:||12 December 2011||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Aircraft manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Melbourne, Vic.|