Southwest B737 near Indianapolis on Mar 19th 2013, bit of smoke in cabin

Last Update: March 20, 2013 / 16:08:05 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 19, 2013


Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, flight WN-441 from Baltimore,MD to Las Vegas,NV (USA) with 133 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL360 about 70nm southeast of Indianapolis,IN (USA) when the crew reported a "bit of smoke in the cabin" and decided to divert to Indianapolis. The crew indicated unless there was smoke visible outside they would vacate the runway and taxi to the gate and requested emergency services to follow them to the gate. The aircraft landed safely on runway 23R about 20 minutes after leaving FL360 and taxied to the gate with emergency services in trail.

The airline reported that the crew had heard some unusual sounds in the rear of the cabin.

Emergency services reported there was some white smoke in the rear of the cabin when they boarded the aircraft. The cause of the smoke is unclear though probably electric.

A replacement Boeing 737-700 reached Las Vegas with a delay of 1:45 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 19, 2013


Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator

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