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The ATSB is investigating an in-flight turbulence event involving a Qantas Boeing 737, registered VH-VZZ, near Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 13 March 2017.

Passing flight level 240 on descent, the aircraft encountered severe turbulence. The flight crew turned on the seat belt sign and while returning to their seats one cabin crewmember sustained a serious injury and one cabin crewmember sustained a minor injury. The flight crew, other cabin crew and passengers were not injured and the aircraft was not damaged.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information as required.

A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 13 March 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 22:19 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):near Canberra Airport Occurrence type:Turbulence/windshear/microburst 
State: Australian Capital Territory  
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Serious 
Expected completion: January 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-838 
Aircraft registration: VH-VZZ 
Serial number: 39445 
Operator: Qantas Airways 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Perth, WA
Destination:Canberra, ACT
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Last update 12 December 2017