UNITED STATES- On November 22nd, 2023, a Southwest Airlines (WN) Boeing 737-700 experienced a minor incident due to a blown tire. Upon landing, the tire rupture damaged the aircraft’s wing, as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 suffered a blown tire upon landing, causing minor damage to the wing. No injuries were reported among the 139 passengers and five crew members on board.
Southwest Airlines Tire Blowout
Minor Incident: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 Encounters Blown Tire on Landing
During flight WN915 from Austin International Airport (AUS) to Orlando International Airport (MCO), a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 (registration N208WN) experienced a blown tire upon landing. The incident, deemed minor, involved 139 passengers and five crew members, with no reported injuries.
According to an FAA report, the aircraft blew a tire on landing, causing damage to the wing in Orlando, Florida. The FAA categorized the damage to the aircraft as minor.
The latest Flightradar24 data shows that the affected aircraft, initially slated for four flights on November 25th, remains grounded in Orlando. However, revised information indicates plans for the aircraft to resume service on November 26th with six scheduled flights.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
As per ch-aviation data, Southwest Airlines boasts a fleet comprising 821 aircraft. This extensive fleet includes 403 Boeing 737-700s, 207 -800s, and 211 MAX 8s. The airline plans an additional 501 aircraft, with 302 MAX 7s and 199 MAX 8s anticipated.
Southwest’s chief operating officer expects the MAX 7s to arrive around April 2024, potentially pending certification.
The aircraft involved in the recent incident bears registration number N208WN and Boeing serial number 29856. This 18.7-year-old airline was initially ordered by Southwest airline in January 1998 and delivered by Boeing in April 2005. The airline’s retirement plan for this aircraft is set for November 2028.
Configured for a single-class layout, the plane has a seating capacity of 143 passengers. Over its operational history has accumulated 57,710 flight hours and undergone 34,391 cycles. The estimated market value of this aircraft is approximately $9.49 million.
WN incidents in 2023
“Southwest Airlines: Overview of Incidents in 2023
As of the current year, 2023, Southwest Airlines has encountered a total of 29 minor incidents, as per Aero Inside data.
On January 7th and 10th, the airline experienced two distinct bird strikes during departures from Columbus and Sacramento. The third incident, transpiring on February 5th, also involved a bird strike while operating flight WN1260 from Saint Louis to Pittsburgh.
Throughout the year, the airline faced various other incidents, including a hydraulic leak on September 25th, cabin pressurization problems on October 8th, and a runway incursion on March 18th at San Diego involving a Skywest Embraer E175.
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