Southwest B737 at Kansas City on Dec 21st 2019, bird strike causes substantial fuselage damage

Last Update: April 29, 2022 / 11:22:37 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 21, 2019

Classification
Report

Flight number
WN-5246

Aircraft Registration
N7739A

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7739A performing flight WN-5246 from Washington National,DC to Kansas City,MO (USA) with 136 passengers and 5 crew, was descending through 10,000 feet on the downwind leg for an approach to Kansas City's runway 19R, when the crew spotted a white object below the cockpit going through the landing lights and heard a loud bang from below their feet. Engine parameters remained all okay. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 19R.

On Apr 29th 2022 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the occurrence rated an accident was:

a bird strike during descent

The NTSB reported the aircraft received substantial structural damage to the fuselage: "... post flight inspection of the airplane revealed evidence of a bird strike and dents in the lower right fuselage skin. Further inspection revealed two internal frames were bent and fractured."

The aircraft returned to service on Mar 21st 2020 three months after the accident.
Aircraft Registration Data
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N7739A
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Aircraft Model / Type
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ICAO Aircraft Type
B737
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 21, 2019

Classification
Report

Flight number
WN-5246

Aircraft Registration
N7739A

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

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