Southwest B733 at Baltimore on Aug 4th 2016, nose gear collapse during push back

Last Update: January 24, 2017 / 15:00:19 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 4, 2016

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WN-149

Aircraft Registration
N368SW

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300, registration N368SW performing flight WN-149 from Baltimore,MD to Atlanta,GA (USA) with 129 passengers and 5 crew, was being pushed back when the nose gear collapsed. The occupants disembarked the aircraft.

A replacement Boeing 737-300 registration N638SW reached Atlanta with a delay of 4 hours.

On Jan 24th 2017 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

the tug operators excessive speed during pushback.

The NTSB wrote: "The nose gear collapsed in a forward direction, resulting in substantial damage to the gear structure, the nose gear well, and crushing the forward bulkhead. An airport surveillance camera video was obtained, which showed the tug pushing the aircraft at approximately 6 knots. The tug specifications indicate that speed could be achieved only in second gear or higher. The airline general operating manual specifies that pushback must be conducted in low or first gear, and at a walking speed."
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N368SW
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
737-3H4
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
Aug 4, 2016

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WN-149

Aircraft Registration
N368SW

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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