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NTSB Identification: DCA16FA217
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Southwest Airlines
Accident occurred Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Pensacola, FL
Aircraft: BOEING 737-700, registration: N766SW
Injuries: 104 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 27, 2016, about 0930 central daylight time, a Boeing 737-700, N766SW, operating as Southwest Airlines flight 3472, experienced an uncontained engine failure and cabin depressurization while climbing through flight level 310. None of the 99 passengers and 5 crewmembers onboard were injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight crew declared an emergency and diverted to Pensacola International Airport (PNS), Pensacola, Florida. The regularly scheduled passenger flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), New Orleans, Louisiana, to Orlando International Airport (MCO), Orlando, Florida.