Saturday, November 06, 2021

Boeing 737-8H4, N8642E: Accident occurred October 08, 2021 in Lexington, Virginia

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Southwest Airlines Co

Location: Lexington, Virginia
Accident Number: DCA22LA012
Date and Time: October 8, 2021, 20:30 Local
Registration: N8642E
Aircraft: Boeing 737-8H4
Injuries: 1 Serious, 111 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing
Registration: N8642E
Model/Series: 737-8H4
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 None 
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 106 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 111 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.7,-79.4 (est)


  1. Not a lot of information here. Was this inflight turbulence?

    1. I looked at the FR24 log and none of the flights on the day correspond to the lat/long position given in the report, unless there was a very wide deviation on one of the legs from Charlotte to Chicago.

    2. These air carrier-related reports that contain limited cabin injury details may just be to convey an injury count into ASIAS for statistical collection from filings originating in some other reporting system.

  2. Maybe another flight attendant was beat up by an unruly passenger! The NTSB files will really get thick once they need to do a report on all of those incidents! :-)


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