Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Boeing 737-3H4, N649SW, Southwest Airlines: Accident occurred December 15, 2015 at Nashville International Airport (KBNA), Davidson County, Tennessee

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Accident occurred Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Nashville, TN
Aircraft: BOEING 737 3H4, registration: N649SW
Injuries: 138 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 1725 central standard time, Southwest Airlines flight 31, a Boeing 737, N649SW, departed taxiway T4 and came to rest in a ditch at the Nashville International Airport, (BNA), Nashville, Tennessee. The passengers evacuated via the emergency slides. The aircraft was substantially damaged and nine passengers sustained minor injuries. The flight was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from the William P Hobby Airport (HOU), Houston, Texas. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

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The FAA on Wednesday morning continued to investigate what caused a Southwest plane to skid off a taxiway at the Nashville International Airport and land in a ditch, injuring at least eight passengers.

Southwest Flight 31, a Boeing 737 carrying 133 passengers and five crew members, rolled off taxiway T4 near the terminal into the grass and came to a halt about 5:20 p.m. Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority officials said emergency personnel immediately responded, along with Nashville fire department crews to assist passengers hurt in the wreck.

Airport spokeswoman Shannon Sumrall said Southwest brought in a recovery team early Wednesday to pull the plane out of the ditch with a crane and then moved it to another location at the terminal.

All runways were open and operational Wednesday morning and there were no delays, she said.

​Southwest officials said the plane departed from Houston Hobby Airport at 4 p.m. and landed just before 5:20 p.m. Passengers said it was a full plane.

​FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said her agency on Wednesday continued to investigate what went wrong.

The National Transportation Safety Board may also come in to investigate the cause of the wreck. If that happens, Bergen said, that agency will head the investigation.

"It's a taxing event, so we are monitoring the situation and awaiting a damage estimate," NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said Wednesday.

Substantial damage to the aircraft will determine whether NTSB leads the investigation, Weiss said.

After the incident, passengers left the aircraft and were bused to the terminal, Bergen said. Photos from the scene showed at least one of the plane's emergency slides deployed.

Fire spokesman Brian Haas said three ambulances transported eight people to TriStar Summit Medical Center.

Most of those passengers suffered minor injuries, mostly bumps and bruises, Haas said, and one person was suffering from chest pains.

So far no additional injuries have been reported overnight, he said.

Passengers described hearing a loud noise while the plane was taxiing, feeling the plane tilt slightly and then the plane coming to a stop in the ditch. After the accident, many were checking on the status of their bags at the Southwest baggage claim area.

Joe Caverlee, from Westmoreland, said he'd been at the airport about two hours after the crash and felt lucky it wasn't worse.

"The flight crew was awesome," he said  "They told everyone to keep down, to keep down. The emergency doors opened in the front and back and we were out of there in minutes."

Reginald Smith Jr., who was on the plane, called the landing frightening.

"We landed, we were coasting and then we were bouncing up and down and the next thing you know ... it felt as if we were about to topple over as we were going into the ditch," said Smith as he stood inside the airport terminal. "You could feel the plane hit and stop. It was terrifying."

Smith, who said he flew from Houston to sing in the Nashville Symphony, said after the crash that many passengers on the plane quickly helped crew members assist elderly and disabled passengers off the plane first.

Another passenger, Andy Borchers, said the plane's emergency lights lit after the plane hit the ditch, crew members opened an emergency door and everyone on board slid down one-by-one.

“There was no urgency, we weren’t moving at a high speed,” Borchers said. “Everyone was in pretty good spirits,” he said. “But the flight attendants were shaken up.”

Recent airplane accidents in Tennessee

June 15, 2011: A Cessna 525A was significantly damaged, while a student pilot was in the cockpit and overran a runway at John C. Tune airport in Nashville. The pilot-in-charge took the controls while landing, after he reportedly failed to execute a go-around when the airplane was at a high-speed with the student, No one was injured.

Oct. 29, 2013: A drunken Canadian pilot crashed his plane on a runaway at the Nashville International Airport. He was the only passenger on the plane and was announced dead at the scene.  He filed a 30 minute trip from Windsor, Ontario, down to Pelee Island in Lake Erie, but crossed the southern border undetected, then circled Tune for hours before crashing. A pilot spotted the debris and reported to airport officials.

Feb. 3, 2014: A Gulfstream 690C, coming from Kansas to Nashville, made two attempts to land before crashing near the YMCA in Bellevue, killing all four people on board. The airplane had maintenance done days before in Oklahoma City. The aircraft veered left just before crashing about 10 miles southwest of John C. Tune airport.

Dec. 26, 2014: A Cessna 162 overturned after making a hard landing at John C. Tune airport. No one was injured in the small airplane crash, as the first emergency personal called off additional help.

Aug. 7, 2015: A Delta flight headed to Cincinnati out of BNA caught fire for several seconds. As the plane pushed from the jet bridge, the engine turned on and caught fire immediately. The pilot, then, turned off the engine and the fire extinguished itself. The plane was taken back to the gate. No one was injured and the passengers booked new flights. 

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Southwest Airlines released a statement on the incident.

“At approximately 5:30 p.m. local time, Southwest Airlines flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville International Airport exited the taxiway shortly after arriving into Nashville, as the airplane was approaching the gate. The 133 passengers and five Crewmembers were safely transported into the airport, and we are currently working to support their needs. The Safety of our Customers and Employees remains our primary focus.

 


A Southwest plane carrying passengers and a crew from Houston rolled off a taxiway into the grass and got stuck in a ditch at the Nashville International Airport Tuesday, injuring at least eight people, authorities said.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Southwest Flight 31, a Boeing 737, rolled off taxiway T4 near the terminal into the grass and came to a halt about 5:20 p.m. Central time. Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority officials said emergency personnel immediately responded, along with Nashville fire department crews.

Southwest officials said the plane that carried 133 passengers and five crew members departed from Houston Hobby Airport at 4 p.m. Central time. Passengers said it was a full plane.

Passengers left the aircraft and were bused to the terminal, Bergen said. Photos from the scene showed at least one of the plane's emergency slides deployed.

Fire spokesman Brian Haas said three ambulances transported eight people to TriStar Summit Medical Center.

Most of those passengers suffered minor injuries, mostly bumps and bruises, Haas said, and one person was suffering from chest pains.

Passengers described hearing a loud noise while the plane was taxiing, feeling the plane tilt slightly and then the plane coming to a stop in the ditch. After the accident, many were checking on the status of their bags at the Southwest baggage claim area.

Joe Caverlee, from Westmoreland, said he'd been at the airport about two hours after the crash and felt lucky it wasn't worse.

"The flight crew was awesome," he said  "They told everyone to keep down, to keep down. The emergency doors opened in the front and back and we were out of there in minutes."

Reginald Smith Jr., who was on the plane, called the landing frightening.

"We landed, we were coasting and then we were bouncing up and down and the next thing you know ... it felt as if we were about to topple over as we were going into the ditch," said Smith as he stood inside the airport terminal. "You could feel the plane hit and stop. It was terrifying."

Smith, who said he flew from Houston to sing in the Nashville Symphony, said after the crash that many passengers on the plane quickly helped crew members assist elderly and disabled passengers off the plane first.

Another passenger, Andy Borchers, said the plane's emergency lights lit after the plane hit the ditch, crew members opened an emergency door and everyone on board slid down one-by-one.

“There was no urgency, we weren’t moving at a high speed,” Borchers said. “Everyone was in pretty good spirits,” he said. “But the flight attendants were shaken up.”

The incident remains under investigation by the FAA.

Airport officials said all runways were open and operational and there were no delays after the crash.

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