Southwest B737 at Santa Ana on Jul 1st 2022, flight attendant receives serious injury on touch down

Last Update: August 6, 2022 / 16:15:49 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 1, 2022

Classification
Report

Flight number
WN-2029

Aircraft Registration
N480WN

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N480WN performing flight WN-2029 from Oakland,CA to Santa Ana,CA (USA) with 137 passengers and 5 crew, landed on Santa Ana's runway 20R when upon touchdown a flight attendant immediately felt pain in her back and couldn't move. The aircraft rolled out without further incident.

On Aug 6th 2022 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

A flight attendant received a serious injury during landing.

The NTSB analysed:

A flight attendant was injured when Southwest Airlines Flight 2029 landed at the John WayneOrange County Airport (SNA), 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 jumpseat, 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.
Aircraft Registration Data
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Aircraft Model / Type
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ICAO Aircraft Type
B737
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 1, 2022

Classification
Report

Flight number
WN-2029

Aircraft Registration
N480WN

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

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