NTSB Identification: LAX01IA109.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Scheduled 14 CFR Southwest Airlines Company
Incident occurred Sunday, March 04, 2001 in Phoenix, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/2003
Aircraft: Boeing 737-3H4, registration: N335SW
Injuries: 119 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

The flight was cleared for the approach to runway 7 and the Captain briefed the First Officer for the approach. After getting their gate assignment, the crew requested, and was cleared for, the approach to runway 8. No briefing was conducted for the approach to runway 8, nor was there any discussion about runway length or that runway 8 was a visual runway and would not have lighting and markings associated with an instrument runway. The target airspeed was 135 knots, and the last airspeed callout was 137 knots. The flight data recorder indicated that the approach speed was 137.5 knots. According to information on the Flight Data Recorder, the airplane touched down approximately 2,000 feet past the approach end of the 6,000 foot long runway. Upon landing, the captain deployed the thrust reversers and applied the wheel brakes. When he noticing the end of the runway approaching faster than anticipated, he applied maximum braking and reverse thrust. The aircraft rolled beyond the end of the pavement and came to rest within one airplane length of the departure end of the runway with the empennage over the end of the runway.

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

the pilot's misjudgment of distance, which resulted in a runway overrun. A factor in the incident was the failure of the flightcrew to conduct a briefing for the approach to runway eight.

Full narrative available

Index for Mar2001 | Index of months