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MEDIA ADVISORY: Southwest Airlines Engine Failure Subject of NTSB Meeting
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 MEDIA ADVISORY: Southwest Airlines Engine Failure Subject of NTSB Meeting

​WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday its intention to hold a board meeting Nov. 19, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of the fatal April 17, 2018, engine failure and depressurization accident involving Southwest Airlines flight 1380.

The accident airplane, a Boeing 737-700 powered by two CFM International CFM56-7B engines, experienced a failure of the left engine after departing New York’s LaGuardia Airport, when a fan blade failed. The fan blade failure resulted in the loss of portions of the inlet and fan cowl. Fragments from the fan cowl struck the fuselage, a cabin window departed the airplane, and a rapid depressurization occurred. The flight crew conducted an emergency descent and diverted to Philadelphia International Airport. There were 144 passengers and five crewmembers aboard.  One passenger suffered fatal injuries and eight passengers suffered minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged.

The public docket for this investigation is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xVeca

NTSB photo-illustration, damaged components of the left inlet are identified . 

(In this NTSB photo-illustration, damaged components of the left inlet are identified as viewed from the inboard side of the accident CFM56-7B engine. Following departure from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the engine experienced a failure of a fan blade which resulted in the loss of portions of the inlet and fan cowl. NTSB Photo-illustration) In this NTSB photo-illustration, damaged components of the left inlet are identified as viewed from the inboard side of the accident CFM56-7B engine. Following departure from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the engine experienced a failure of a fan blade which resulted in the loss of portions of the inlet and fan cowl. NTSB Photo-illustration)

 

WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT:  An open to the public board meeting.

WHERE:  NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 420 10th St., SW, Washington, DC.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EST).

HOW: Media covering the meeting in person are asked to be in place no later than 9:15 a.m. on the day of the event.  The public meeting will also be webcast.  A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com/.

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Contact: NTSB Media Relations
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100
keith.holloway@ntsb.gov

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