Southwest Airlines flight takes off with an engine part falling off

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Part of an engine covering has fallen off a Boeing airplane in the US during takeoff and struck the wing flap.
Southwest flight 3695 was leaving Denver International Airport on Sunday morning at 8.15am when the engine’s cowling detached and hit the wing, according to Reuters.
A video posted to social media, the engine cowling can be seen flapping in the wind before it detaches completely and bangs against the aircraft’s wing.
The Houston-bound flight, carrying 135 passengers, returned to the Colorado airport without incident.
Southwest said the plane “landed safely after experiencing a mechanical issue,” according to ABC News.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Sunday that it will investigate the incident on the Boeing 737-800, the latest involving the aircraft manufacturer.
A passenger, who gave the name Lisa C, told ABC News said the cowling detached approximately 10 minutes after boarding was completed.
Another passenger, Cooper Glass, told ABC News that the incident was “frightening,” but that the pilot did an excellent job returning to the airport.


A portion of an engine cover came loose from a Boeing during takeoff in the US and collided with a wing flap.

Reportedly, at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, Southwest flight 3695 was taking off from Denver International Airport when the cowling of the engine broke off and collided with the wing.

An image of the engine cowling flapping in the wind before it fully separates and crashes into the airplane’s wing was shared on social media.

The 135-passenger flight that was headed for Houston safely returned to the Colorado airport. No injuries were mentioned.

ABC News was informed by Southwest that the aircraft “landed safely after experiencing a mechanical issue.”.

On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration declared that it would look into the latest incident involving the aircraft manufacturer, the Boeing 737-800.

Approximately ten minutes after boarding was finished, a passenger identified only as Lisa C told ABC News that the cowling fell off.

She told the outlet, “We all felt kind of a bump, a jolt, and I looked out the window because I love window seats, and there it was.”.

Although the incident was “frightening,” Cooper Glass, another passenger, told ABC News that the pilot did a great job getting back to the airport.

According to Southwest Airlines, the aircraft is being inspected by its maintenance teams. The impacted passengers arrived in Houston approximately three hours later than planned after being transferred to a different flight.

The incident represents the most recent in a long line of problems for Boeing.

A door plug panel on a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 9 operated by Alaska Airlines broke off on January 5th while the plane was cruising at 16,000 feet.

Afterwards, 171 of the company’s MAX 9 aircraft were grounded by the FAA for examination. The corporation has also been told to create a thorough plan to address “systemic quality-control issues” and has been forbidden from increasing the production of MAX series aircraft.

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