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SWA 737 uncontained engine failure and loss of inlet cowl

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  • Accident No: DCA16FA217
  • Accident Type: Office of Aviation Safety
  • Location: Pascagoula, FL
  • Date: 8/27/2016

​On August 27, 2016, about 0930 central daylight time, a Boeing 737-700, operating as Southwest Airlines flight 3472 enroute from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Orlando, Florida, 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.

Contact: NTSB Media Relations
Terry Williams
(202) 314-6100

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