Southwest B738 at Denver on Apr 7th 2024, dropped engine doors, flap damage

Last Update: April 11, 2024 / 18:09:56 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 7, 2024

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WN-3695

Aircraft Registration
N8668A

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N8668A performing flight WN-3695 from Denver,CO to Houston Hobby,TX (USA), was departing Denver's runway 25 when the access doors of the right hand engine (CFM56) were torn off the engine. On climb out the crew advised ATC that some engine panels had come off during departure and returned to Denver for a safe landing on runway 34L about 30 minutes after departure.

The FAA reported: "Southwest Airlines Flight 3695 returned safely to Denver International airport around 8:15 a.m. local time on Sunday, April 7, after the crew reported the engine cowling fell off during takeoff and struck the wing flap. The Boeing 737-800 was towed to the gate. The aircraft was headed to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. The FAA will investigate."

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration N8523W reached Houston with a delay of about 3 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Denver about 5:15 hours after landing back.

On Apr 11th 2024 the NTSB reported the aircraft had undergone maintenance the night before the occurrence flight, the NTSB is satisfied with the understanding of the occurrence of being a maintenance issue, that the airline is addressing, and is not going to open an investigation.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N8668A
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
737-8H4
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
B738
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
Engine Type
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 7, 2024

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WN-3695

Aircraft Registration
N8668A

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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