In its investigation of an uncontained engine failure that
occurred on a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas, Texas
(Love Field), to Little Rock (LIT), on November 17, the
National Transportation Safety Board is searching for engine components that fell to the ground in a sparsely populated rural area of Texas.
The incident, in which pieces of the fan blades and the
spinner separated from the #2 (right) engine, occurred at
2:54 pm over Hunt County, Texas, at an altitude of 25,000
feet during the climb phase of flight. None of the 133
passengers or 5 crewmembers on board the B-737-300 (N676SW)
aircraft were injured. The crew shut down the damaged
engine and returned safely to Dallas on power from the #1
(left) engine. In addition to the damage to the engine and
its housing components, the aircraft sustained minor damage
to the fuselage.
NTSB engineers developed a Ballistic Trajectory Analysis
using data such as the aircraft ground track, speed,
prevailing winds and other factors, to create an area where
the engine pieces are most likely to be found. The area is
approximately 0.4 miles wide and 1.7 miles long and is
located on private property.
The owners of the property whose land is in the identified
area will be contacted by the Hunt County sheriff`s office
and will be asked to notify the sheriff if an aircraft
engine part is discovered. Because these engine parts
and the exact location of discovery are essential to the
investigation, parts should not be handled by the public,
but instead should be marked in place. If found, please
contact the Hunt County sheriff`s office at (903) 453-6800.
The NTSB asks anyone volunteering to search for these items
to respect private property rights and get permission of the landowner before searching on anothe`s property. (NTSB)