NTSB Releases Photos of Southwest Flight Damage

By | July 17, 2009

NTSB Interior Shot

Earlier in the week, we reported on Southwest Airlines 2294, which made an emergency landing in Charleston, WV with a hole in the fuselage(pictured left). The NTSB continues to investigate.

The section was removed from the aircraft and examined in the NTSB Materials Laboratory. The damage left a hole measuring approximately 17 inches by 8 inches.

It is a scary thing when the thing meant to protect us bursts open. As we understand it, the skin of the aircraft is built in such a way so that a breach of one panel is not likely to spread to the next.

Southwest is in the process of repairing the plane, which will be thoroughly checked before being put back into service.


Exterior - Damaged Section

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