Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT
2001-01-15: Update ANS and Airspace Jan 8, 2001. No other reports of turbulence by any flights in the same area and altitudes. Injuries were not reported until aircraft in contact with Boston Center. Wake turbulence suspect but unconfirmed.
2001-01-08: EIN111 A330 enroute Shannon to New York requested higher altitude from the Moncton ACC in Canadian airspace. At 18:40 UTC, the pilot reported severe turbulence while climbing 38,000 feet to 39,000 feet and requested a lower altitude. The aircraft was assigned FL370 and continued its flight. At 19:25 UTC, the flight declared a medical emergency and requested priority to JFK from Boston Center. As reported by Moncton ACC Shift Supervisor, a passenger was reported to have a broken leg and another was in shock. The pilot reported that he didn´t think that it was wake turbulence but it was as rough as he had experienced. The controller responded that there had been no turbulence reports and queried the aircraft in front of EIN111 at 39,000 feet as to his ride conditions and reported smooth. Radar separation at the time the EIN111 reported the severe turbulence was 6.34 NM and increasing. TSB Evaluating
2001-01-11: TSB UPDATE: TSB File # A01H0001: Aer Lingus flight 111 (EIN 111), an Airbus A330 enroute EINN Shannon to KJFK New York, had been cleared from FL 380 to FL 390. When climbing through FL 386, the crew reported encountering severe turbulence and requested and was cleared to FL 370. At the time of the occurrence, the A330 was flying 6.34 nm behind a United Airlines Boeing 777 at FL 390. The minimum radar separation required was 5 nm. There had been no previous reports of turbulence to ATC. The A330 was subsequently handed over to Boston ARTCC without further comment from the crew. Approximately 40 minutes after the turbulence encounter, Boston ARTCC advised Moncton ACC that the Aer Lingus flight had declared a medical emergency due to passenger injuries sustained during the turbulence encounter. The Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit is conducting an investigation. Canada has appointed an accredited representative.
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