Saturday, February 04, 2017

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-7H4, N718SW

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NTSB Identification: DCA16CA077
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO
Accident occurred Thursday, January 28, 2016 in Titusville, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/23/2017
Aircraft: BOEING 737 7H4, registration: N718SW
Injuries: 1 Serious, 143 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm eastern standard time, Southwest Airlines flight 1528, a Boeing 737-700, N718SW, encountered turbulence in the vicinity of  Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) during initial descent to Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Fort Lauderdale, Florida . Of the 148 passengers and crew members onboard, one flight attendant was seriously injured and the airplane was not damaged. The airplane was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121as a regularly scheduled passenger flight from T. F. Green Airport (PVD), Providence, Rhode Island.

According to the operator, the flights routing passed east of Jacksonville, Florida over the Atlantic to the east of the Florida peninsula. A frontal system and jet stream stretched to the west and northwest of the flight's routing with turbulence forecast and reported on the western portions of the peninsula. The flight crew reported that they were in cruise at FL380 in smooth air but were aware of potential turbulence throughout the flight. Upon initial descent, the captain illuminated the fasten seat belt sign and advised the passengers to remain seated. While descending through approximately FL320, the airplane encountered turbulence in clear air lasting approximately 3 seconds. At the time of the turbulence encounter, two flight attendants (FA) were securing the aft galley for landing when one fell to the floor injuring her ankle. Medically trained passengers assisted the injured FA who could not complete her duties. The flight crew advised the FLL station of the event and requested medical assistance upon landing. The airplane landed at FLL with no further incident. The flight attendant was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a broken ankle.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
an inadvertent encounter with clear air turbulence.


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A departing Southwest Airlines jet with 129 passengers and five crew aboard veered off a taxiway before dawn at rainy Long Island MacArthur Airport Thursday and came to a stop in mud. 

No one aboard the Tampa, Fla.-bound Boeing 737 was injured, and all passengers were returned to the terminal where they booked other flights or waited for Southwest to bring in another plane, airport officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the mishap at the Ronkonkoma airport. The airport's fire and rescue unit helped passengers from the plane and were assisted by firefighters from the Sayville, Bayport, Bohemia and Holbrook fire departments, said Inez Birbiglia, an airport spokeswoman.

Passengers aboard Southwest Flight 4695 said they felt the jet skid and lurch to a sudden stop five minutes after it left the terminal just after 6 a.m.

"The plane sort of dropped," said James Engle, 49, a restaurant worker from Ocean Beach who was on the flight. "It was like hitting the brakes in your car."

After the plane stopped, the pilot told passengers he had trouble seeing the taxiway, according to another passenger on the plane.

"It was kind of like a bang, then the plane went on its side a little," said Fran Carlson, 69, a Tampa resident who was heading home after spending Christmas with her children in Oakdale and Lake Grove. The pilot "said it was very dark and he couldn't see."

It was not known if the plane sustained any damage. FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac did not classify the mishap as an accident, which would have indicated substantial damage to the jet. 

Conditions at the airport at the time were windy and rainy, and departure delays ranged up to 15 minutes, according to the FAA.

Passenger Michelle Lavecchia, 24, a former Middle Island resident who lives in Orlando, said everyone aboard remained calm.

"None of us were scared or anything," Lavecchia said.

Lavecchia said she received a voucher of $200 from Southwest to be used on an upcoming flight. 
About five hours later, a Southwest jet flown in from Baltimore/Washington International Airport arrived at Gate A4 to cheers from remaining passengers, who later boarded for the flight to Tampa.

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