Two passengers and three crew were injured during turbulence of Ryanair Boeing 737-800 during a flight from Dublin, Ireland to Reus, Spain. The airplane was performing flight FR-4398 with 163 passengers and 6 crew members, but severe turbulence caused bleeding injuries to two passengers and three cabin crew. The aircraft succeeded to land safely on runway 25 at Reus Airport and requested immediate ambulance and medical assistance. The airplane did not suffered damages and was able to depart for the return flight, but had delay of 4 hours.
CIAIAC reported, the Ryanair Boeing 737-800 was enroute at FL370 at 0.766 mach and 133,400 lbs of weight with the autopilot in NAV mode about 7nm north of Toulouse, France, when the crew started to deviate to the right due to a storm cell building over Toulouse. According to the report, the airport could not avoid entering the edge of the storm.
“The accident was caused when the aircraft entered a developing convective cloud that had not been detected by the crew. The severe turbulence associated with the cloud affected the aircraft, causing injuries to several passengers and crew who had not been alerted to the turbulence”, says the official statement of CIAIAC. “The weather information did not mention the presence of any significant turbulence along the route, especially in the area where the accident occurred”, adds the report.
Boeing 737-800 is latest generation short- to medium-range twinjet narrow-body airliner. It is a stretched version of the 737-700, and replaces the 737-400. The airplane has overall length of 39.50 m, height of 12.50 m and wing span of 35.70 m. The airplane is driven by two 27,300 lbf (121.4 kN) CFM 56-7B27 engines.