Southwest B737 at Raleigh/Durham on Sep 2nd 2013, bird strike

Last Update: September 3, 2013 / 14:47:21 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 2, 2013

Classification
Incident

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, flight WN-220 from Raleigh/Durham,NC to Chicago Midway,IL (USA) with 124 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing out Raleigh/Durham's runway 23L when the crew reported they were on single engine due to a bird strike, stopped the climb at 4000 feet and decided to return to Raleigh/Durham. The airport in the meantime sent arriving aircraft into holds and stopped departures in preparation for the emergency keeping both main runways sterile for the return, then resumed arrivals when the Southwest crew requested delay vectors in order to read some more checklists, then stopped arrivals again before any landing after learning that a runway inspection had revealed debris on the runway 23L and 23R was definitely kept sterile for the emergency return. ATC told aircraft in the holds that there was debris on the runway following a bird strike. The Southwest aircraft landed safely on runway 23R about 30 minutes after departure.

A replacement aircraft reached Chicago with a delay of about 4.5 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 2, 2013

Classification
Incident

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

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