Accident
Last updated: 30 October 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Montag 13 Juli 2009
Zeit:18:07
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-3H4
Fluggesellschaft:Southwest Airlines
Kennzeichen: N387SW
Werknummer: 26602/2627
Baujahr: 1994-06-16 (15 years 1 months)
Betriebsstunden:50500
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:42500
Triebwerk: 2 CFMI CFM56-3B1
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 126
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 131
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Unfallort:nahe Charleston, WV (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Nashville International Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), USA
Flug nach:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI/KBWI), USA
Flugnummer:2294
Unfallbericht:
Southwest flight 2294, a Boeing 737-300 experienced rapid decompression while en route from Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA) to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The crew declared an emergency and landed at Charleston-Yeager Airport, WV (CRW). On examination, a hole measuring approximately 17 inches by 8 inches (43 x 20 cm) was discovered in the top of the fuselage. There were no injuries reported.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fuselage skin failure due to preexisting fatigue at a chemically milled step."

Informationsquelle:
» NTSB
» Soutwest Airlines


Sicherheitsempfehlungen
Following the Southwest Airlines (SWA) flight 2294 event, on September 3, 2009, Boeing issued Service Bulletin (SB) 737-53A1301, calling for repetitive external inspections to detect cracks in the fuselage skin along the chemically milled step at stringers S-1 and S-2 right and between BS 827 and BS 847. (The hole from the SWA event was within those boundaries.) If cracks are detected, operators are to contact Boeing for repair instructions.

FAA issued 1 Airworthiness Directive

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N387SW parked at the gate at Charleston following the emergency
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Nashville International Airport, TN to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as the crow flies is 937 km (586 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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