Accident Boeing 737-76N (WL) N7710A, Friday 12 December 2014
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Date:Friday 12 December 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-76N (WL)
Owner/operator:Southwest Airlines
Registration: N7710A
MSN: 32656/1671
Year of manufacture:2005
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-7B22
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 145
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:San Antonio International Airport, TX (SAT/KSAT)
Destination airport:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Southwest Airlines flight WN3118, a Boeing 737-76N, registration N7710A, encountered multiple bird strikes while on approach to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland. None of the passengers or crew members were injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight originated from San Antonio International Airport, Texas.

The captain stated that while descending through about 2,500 feet on approach to land the airplane struck multiple birds. Inspection of the airplane after landing revealed substantial damage to the 178 forward pressure bulkhead and left wing fixed leading edge main rib.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An inadvertent encounter with birds during approach to land that resulted in substantial damage."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA15CA037
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report




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