Southwest B737 at Phoenix on Mar 31st 2023, engine shut down in flight

Last Update: April 5, 2023 / 19:21:49 GMT/Zulu time

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Date of incident
Mar 31, 2023


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Boeing 737-700

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N264LV performing flight call sign SWA-9010 from Phoenix,AZ to Burbank,CA (USA) with 116 people on board, was climbing out of Phoenix's runway 07L when the crew stopped the climb at about 12,000 feet reporting they needed to shut the left hand engine (CFM56) down following the failure of that engine. The aircraft returned to Phoenix for a safe landing on runway 08 about 20 minutes after departure. Emergency services inspected the aircraft and found some oil leaking off the left hand engine.

There are conflicting data as to the flight number: According to FAA data the flight was WN-2683 from Phoenix to Burbank, the flight however is scheduled to fly to Tampa,FL (USA). According to other information the flight was WN-110, scheduled to depart Phoenix for Burbank around the same time.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 3 days 18 hours.

On Apr 5th 2023 The Aviation Herald received information, that metallic fragments rained from the sky about 6.8nm southeast of the airport almost straight underneath the flight path of the aircraft when the aircraft reached 12,000 feet. Such debris was found on the roof of buildings nearby, a number of cars received damage.

On Apr 5th 2023 The Aviation Herald also received information, that the last turbine stage's blades showed damage from impact with debris, however, were not fractured. A large amount of metallic debris was found in the engine outlet.

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 31, 2023


Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

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