SAA 747 SP encounters CAT

Organization: Digitec Online - South Africa
Date:         22 Jan 96 04:40:41 
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Good day.

Friday 19 January 1996, a South Africa Airways 747 SP encountered severe
air turbulance on a flight from Johannesburg to Juddeah. The aircraft
just crossed over the Zaire border at cruise altitude when it was
lifted 400 feet followed by a drop of 800 feet. Airspeed increased from
.85 to .89 during the drop. The autopilot dis-engaged and the crew
managed to maintain control of the aircraft.

All 3 INS units were u/s for a period of 5 minutes, as well as
1 generator which dropped offline.

The aircraft turned back to Johannesburg and landed safely 2 hours

There was no structural airframe damage but various interior
panels, interior windows and other cabin equipment was damaged.

100 Passengers were injured, 24 required hospitalization.

I'd say tha tthis was a really rough one, comments ???



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