Southwest B737 near Houston on Oct 9th 2013, loss of cabin pressure

Last Update: October 12, 2013 / 00:49:12 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 9, 2013


Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, flight WN-2896 from Austin,TX to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) with 139 people on board, had just reached FL370 climbing out of Austin when the crew donned their oxygen masks and initiated an emergency descent to 10,000 feet (averate rate of descent about 3500 fpm). The passenger oxygen masks dropped about 1 minute into the descent. The aircraft diverted to Houston's Hobby Airport for a safe landing on runway 12R about 30 minutes after leaving FL370.

A replacement Boeing 737-700 reached Fort Lauderdale with a delay of 2:20 hours.

Passengers reported that the aircraft had just levelled off at cruise level when the aircraft rolled for an unexpected turn, the spoilers came out and the aircraft started a sharp descent. The ears started popping, then the oxygen masks came down about one minute after the aircraft had rolled into the turn off the airway. After the aircraft levelled at 10,000 feet the crew announced they had lost cabin pressure and were diverting to Houston, but first needed to burn off fuel. The aircraft then commenced for a smooth landing.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 9, 2013


Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator

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