NTSB Identification: MIA97IA237.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of SOUTWEST AIRLINES INC.
Incident occurred Thursday, August 21, 1997 in TAMPA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/29/2000
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300, registration: N602SW
Injuries: 2 Minor,74 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

While descending into Tampa at an altitude of 4,000 feet mean sea level (msl), the flight struck a 'large bird.' The FO's No. 1 window shattered both panes of the windshield, sending glass into the cockpit, and into the forward galley. The flight landed without further incident. The Captain and FO were taken to the hospital to have glass removed. According to the pilot's statement they saw other birds before the bird strike, and they described the birds that they had seen with wing spans of '4 feet.' At the time of the bird strike, windshield heat was available and 'ON.'

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:

in-flight collision with a bird.

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