Southwest B733 at Baltimore on Jun 20th 2016, engine problem

Last Update: June 21, 2016 / 16:12:03 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 20, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
WN-281

Aircraft Registration
N659SW

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300, registration N659SW performing flight WN-281 from Baltimore,MD to Boston,MA (USA) with 140 people on board, was cleared to line up runway 28 while another Southwest Airlines Flight 604 was on final approach with a flaps problem, see Incident: Southwest B737 at Baltimore on Jun 20th 2016, flaps problem, and was subsequently cleared for takeoff. The aircraft accelerated and became airborne, before being handed off the departure the crew requested to level off at 2000 feet and return to the field without providing further information, the emergency aircraft on final approach thus continued their landing. Tower offered runways 28 and 33L for landing, the crew chose runway 33L. While on downwind the crew advised they were returning as a precaution. The aircraft landed safely on runway 33L about 8 minutes after departure.

Subsequently metallic debris was discovered on runway 28.

A ground observer reported there was no noise heard when flight 281 departed however there was metallic debris left behind, one engine appeared to have failed, a grass fire started near the end of runway 28. Shortly afterwards flight 604 landed on runway 28.

Runways 28 and 33L were closed temporarily due to the emergencies. Tower also closed access to runway 33L as well as intersection of runway 28 with taxiway Delta (just short of intersections runway 28 and 33L) due to metal debris left behind by the departing aircraft.

A replacement Boeing 737-700 reached Boston with a delay of 2:40 hours.

The airline reported the left hand engine (CFM56) suffered an overheat indication. The crew never declared emergency and returned as a precaution.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N659SW
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
737-301
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
B733
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 20, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
WN-281

Aircraft Registration
N659SW

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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