CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE ACCIDENTS

National Transportation Safety Board air carrier records for 1964-1975 show 68 accidents involving clear air turbulence (CAT). One hundred eighty-four persons were injured and there were thirty-six fatalities. Most aircraft involved were jets and most accidents occurred between 31,000 and 35,000 feet in normal cruise. CAT forecasting was not particularly accurate. The airlines have suffered severe economic penalties, probably in excess of $23,000,000 annually. It is concluded that more accurate and timely CAT forecasts are needed; CAT detection systems, airborne and ground-based are needed, and real-time weather data are required on the ground and particularly in the cockpit. /Author/

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    SAFE Association

    P.O. Box 631
    Canoga Park, CA  United States  91303
  • Authors:
    • Brunstein, A I
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 17-19
  • Serial:
    • SAFE Journal
    • Volume: 8
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: SAFE Association
    • ISSN: 0191-6319

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173701
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM