ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-7BD (WL) N7739A Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 21 December 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-7BD (WL)
Operator:Southwest Airlines
Registration: N7739A
MSN: 35110/2147
First flight: 2006-12-17 (13 years )
Total airframe hrs:45252
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B24
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 136
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 141
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Washington-Ronald Reagan National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI/KMCI), United States of America
Southwest Airlines flight 5246, a Boeing 737-700, struck a bird while descending to Kansas City International Airport, Missouri. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.
According to the flight crew, the airplane was on the downwind leg for arrival on runway 19R at KMCI. As the airplane was descending through 10,000 feet-msl altitude, the flight crew noticed a white object go through the landing lights and heard a loud bang from the from fuselage below their feet. The flight crew checked engine parameters for any anomalies and the airplane for any damage, and none was found. The flight landed uneventfully, and post flight inspection of the airplane revealed evidence of a bird strike and dents in the lower right fuselage skin. Further inspection revealed two internal frames were bent and fractured.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "A bird strike during descent"

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Accident number: DCA20CA050
Download report: Final report

Bird strike
Normal landing


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Distance from Washington-Ronald Reagan National Airport, DC to Kansas City International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 1514 km (946 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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