Southwest B38M at New Orleans on Dec 20th 2023, bird strike

Last Update: December 26, 2023 / 14:30:14 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 20, 2023

Classification
Incident

Flight number
WN-554

Aircraft Registration
N8830Q

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800MAX

ICAO Type Designator
B38M

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX, registration N8830Q performing flight WN-554 from New Orleans,LA to Tampa,FL (USA) with 164 people on board, was climbing out of New Orleans' runway 11 when the aircraft received a bird strike into the left hand engine (Leap) prompting the crew to stop the climb at 3000 feet and return to New Orleans for a safe landing on runway 11 about 12 minutes after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration N8501V reached Tampa with a delay of about 5 hours.

The FAA reported: "AIRCRAFT STRUCK A BIRD ON TAKEOFF, NEW ORLEANS, LA."

The airline reported the aircraft was struck by a bird and returned to New Orleans.

The airport reported the runways needed to be briefly closed to clear up debris.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in New Orleans about 20 hours after landing back.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N8830Q
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
737-8
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
B38M
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
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Engine Type
Pounds of Thrust
Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 20, 2023

Classification
Incident

Flight number
WN-554

Aircraft Registration
N8830Q

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800MAX

ICAO Type Designator
B38M

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