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Incident - Aug. 3, 2009 - Bavaro, None

The flight, operated by Continental Air Lines Inc., was scheduled to depart from N/A en route to Houston,Texas.

Fatalities 0
Serious injuries0
Minor injuries33
Source: National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010

Factual Narrative

On August 3, 2009, at approximately 3:55 am eastern daylight time, Continental Airlines flight 128, a Boeing 767-224, registration N76156, enroute from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG) to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston, TX, encountered turbulence at an altitude of 36,000 feet approximately 67 nautical miles north of Bavaro, Dominican Republic. The flight crew declared an emergency and diverted to Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami, FL. Upon arrival in Miami, approximately 28 people were assisted by paramedics and a total of 14 people were transported to the hospital; 13 of those were treated and released and one person was admitted and released the following day. Five flight attendants were treated and released upon arrival in Houston. All injuries were reported as minor.

A preliminary examination of satellite weather imagery around the time of the event indicates the presence of isolated, rapidly developing cumulus congestus to cumulonimbus clouds under the flight path of the airplane.

Source: National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010