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Last updated: 2 April 2020
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 30 November 1991
Time:18:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2H4 Adv.
Operator:Southwest Airlines
Registration: N73SW
C/n / msn: 22673/826
First flight: 1981-12-11 (10 years)
Total airframe hrs:32985
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A (HK3)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 102
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 107
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Lubbock International Airport, TX (LBB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Lubbock International Airport, TX (LBB/KLBB), United States of America
Narrative:
During final approach the aircraft collided with a flock of Canadian geese. One goose penetrated the pressure bulkhead through the radome. Another splattered debris over the pilot's windshield, and others damaged fairings, wing roots, and krueger flaps. The crew did not see the geese before impact. The co-pilot took over the controls from the pilot and landed the aircraft safely.

Probable Cause:

The in flight collision with geese. A factor was the dark night.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: FTW92LA033
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Albuquerque International Airport, NM to Lubbock International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 462 km (289 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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