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Southwest Airlines Emergency Landing in Denver After Engine Cowling Falls Off

2 months ago
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A scare for passengers onboard a Southwest Airlines flight on Sunday morning forced the plane to return to Denver International Airport shortly after takeoff.

The incident, involving a Boeing 737-800 safety issue headed to Houston, is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

According to the FAA, the plane's crew reported that an engine cowling, the protective covering around the engine, detached during takeoff and struck the wing flap.

This prompted the crew to declare an emergency and safely return to Denver. The plane landed back at the airport around 8:15 am local time and was towed to the gate.

Investigation Underway, Similar Incidents Raise Concerns

In a statement, Southwest Airlines apologized for the inconvenience caused to passengers. The airline confirmed that the passengers reached Houston on a different aircraft, arriving approximately three hours behind schedule.

The statement further emphasized the airline's commitment to safety, stating, "We place our highest priority on ultimate Safety for our Customers and Employees."

The FAA has launched an investigation into the incident to determine the cause of the engine cowling detachment. This incident adds to a growing list of recent occurrences where mechanical issues have forced airplanes to make emergency landings.

Just days prior, another Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 scheduled to fly from Lubbock, Texas to Las Vegas had to return to the gate before takeoff due to a reported engine fire.



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