Sunday, August 07, 2022

Medical Event: Boeing 737-700, N480WN; accident occurred July 01, 2022 at John Wayne Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Hauf, Michael

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

Southwest Airlines Co


Location: Santa Ana, California 
Accident Number: DCA22LA151
Date and Time: July 1, 2022, 17:21 Local
Registration: N480WN
Aircraft: Boeing 737-700 
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: Medical event
Injuries: 1 Serious, 141 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Scheduled

Analysis

A flight attendant was injured when Southwest Airlines Flight 2029 landed at the John Wayne Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California.

According to the flight crew, they were flying a visual approach to runway 20R at SNA. They were aiming for the touchdown zone due to its short runway and trying to fly the aircraft onto the runway with minimal floating. However, it ended up being a firm landing. Shortly after exiting the runway, the flight crew were informed that the “B” position flight attendant (FA) seated in the aft jump seat had injured her back on landing and required medical assistance.

According to the FA, after securing the galley and cabin for landing, she sat down in her jump-seat, secured her seatbelt harness, and got into the brace position. She indicated that the plane hit the ground with such force that she thought the plane had crashed. She immediately felt pain in her back, neck and she could not move. Paramedics evaluated her and transported her to a local hospital where she was later diagnosed with a compression fracture to her T3 vertebra.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A flight attendant received a serious injury during landing.

Findings

Aircraft Landing flare - Unknown/Not determined
Personnel issues Illness/injury - Cabin crew

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Medical event (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Flight instructor 
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 29, 2022
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 17500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6000 hours (Total, this make and model), 10500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 120 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Co-pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport 
Age: 49, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 25, 2022
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 4553 hours (Total, all aircraft), 174 hours (Total, this make and model), 1877 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 174 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 66 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Cabin crew Information

Certificate: 
Age:
Airplane Rating(s):
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Cabin crew Information

Certificate: 
Age:
Airplane Rating(s):
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Cabin crew Information

Certificate: 
Age:
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N480WN
Model/Series: 737-700 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport 
Serial Number: 33998
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 151
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 29, 2022 Continuous airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 155000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Turbo fan
Airframe Total Time: 60471 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CFM INTL.
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: CFM56 SERIES
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:  Lbs thrust
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSNA
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 22:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / None
Wind Direction: 210° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Oakland, CA (KOAK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Santa Ana, CA (KSNA) 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: John Wayne Orange County Airport (KSNA)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 56 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5700 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 4 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 137 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 141 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.675701,-117.86799

6 comments:

  1. tough old bird the 737. wonder which seat was the P/F?

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  2. Glad that you guys started putting NTSB investigators names, it is a little detail but might be helpful for some!

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  3. The NTSB needs some remedial instruction on cause vs effect. Their report says the “cause” was that the flight attendant was injured. Ummm, isn’t that the effect of something else?

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  4. It's sad that being a flight attendant, in a short few decades, went from being one of the best jobs to being one of the worst. And I think some cabin crew are looking for a way out. Watch now, every time some knucklehead up front prangs a landing the FA's in the back will start claiming 'back' injuries and cash out.

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  5. wondering why the flight attendant "went into the brace position" (her words) when a normal landing was planned....nobody else injured??? hmmmm...

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  6. At WN, the fo almost always lands at SNA. It is a left seat t/o airport.

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