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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58717
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-7H4
Owner/operator:Southwest Airlines
Registration: N773SA
MSN: 27881/603
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 116
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Las Vegas -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Las Vegas - LAS
Destination airport:Islip - ISP
The flight WN-273 returned to Las Vegas after the right hand engine caught fire. The crew shut the engine down, declared emergency and returned to the airport, where the airplane landed safely with no fire or smoke visible. The airplane taxied to a gate on its own power without stop followed by emergency services. The FAA reported, that the engine did catch fire immediately after takeoff. The engine was shut down, fire suppression systems were not activated. Tower controllers saw flames out of the engine as the airplane was on its initial climb after liftoff. Ear witnesses on the ground reported, that the aircraft was sounding like a machine gun as it climbed out. Southwest Airlines said, that the engine was not on fire, but the cockpit fire indication for the right hand engine activated.



Photo of N773SA courtesy

Las Vegas - McCarran International (KLAS / LAS)
28 April 2005; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

15-Feb-2009 12:07 Certosino Added

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