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17 April 2018 - Southwest Airlines Flight 1380

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was a Boeing 737-700 that, about twenty minutes after takeoff from New York-LaGuardia Airport on April 17, 2018, suffered an uncontained failure of its left engine. Debris from the engine struck the aircraft's fuselage and a side window.
The window failed, causing a rapid depressurization of the aircraft, which made an emergency descent and landed at Philadelphia International Airport. One passenger died after being partially ejected from the failed window. Seven others were injured.

ATC Transcript:
(CVR Transcript will be uploaded as soon as it has been released by the NTSB)

SWA1380 - Southwest Airlines Flight 1380
ZNY10 - New York Air Route Traffic Control Center (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
PHL 1 TWR - Philadelphia Tower 1
PHL 2 TWR - Philadelphia Tower 2
PHL APP - Philadelphia Approach
SWA1458 - Southwest Airlines Flight 1458
AAL585 - American Airlines Flight 585
ENY2625 - Envoy Air Flight 3625 (Part of American Eagle)
RPA4488 - Republic Airlines Flight 4488
Emergency Vehicle - Airport 10
Emergency Vehicle 2 - Fire Truck 21
? - Unknown

SWA1380:
Center, Southwest 1380, FL300 for FL380.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, New York, hello!
(Pause)

Southwest 1380, cleared direct VINSE.

(Pause)

Southwest 1380, cleared direct VINSE.

SWA1380:
(No speech, but some sort of alarm is heard in the background.)

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, cleared direct VINSE.

SWA1380:
(Alarm)

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, if you're trying get me, all I hear is static.

SWA1380:
Southwest 1380 has an engine fire. Descending.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, are you descending right now?

SWA1380:
Yes, sir. We're single engine descending. We have a fire in number one.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, okay. Where would you like to go, which airport?

SWA1380:
Give us a vector for your closest.

ZNY10:
Okay...

SWA1380:
Philadelphia.

ZNY10:
Okay, fly heading 250.

SWA1380:
Okay, heading 250. We're looking at Philly, but...

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, roger. Stand by.

(Pause)

Southwest 1380, cleared direct to Philadelphia Airport via direct.

SWA1380:
Cleared Philadelphia direct, Southwest 1380.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, you have traffic just below you.

SWA1380:
Say again for Southwest 1380.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, New York?

SWA1380:
Southwest 1380, go ahead.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, understand you're single engine and there's fire?

SWA1380:
Actually, we have no fire now but we are single engine.

ZNY10:
Okay, you are single engine now. Cleared direct to Philly. Can you maintain 11000?

SWA1380:
Yes, sir.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, descend and maintain 11000.

SWA1380:
Yes, sir.

(Pause)

Okay, down to 11-11000.

ZNY10:
Southwest 1380, just so I can understand, you are single engine and what else?

SWA1380:
Okay. We're single engine. And that's it.

ZNY10:
Okay, single engine. Maintain 11000.

SWA1380:
Yes, if you would, roll the trucks. It's the engine number one. Captain's side.

ZNY10:
Okay, thank you. Southwest 1380, contact New York Center 135.45

SWA1380:
35.45. Good day.

PHL APP:
Southwest 1458, you can expect an extended downwind. We have another fellow company airplane coming in, has an emergency that's pretty serious, so we're going to dump him in front of you.

SWA1458:
No problem. We're running early so do what you gotta do, Southwest 1458.

PHL APP:
Join the EYRIE there, maintain 170 knots, please. I'm gonna slow you down. 

SWA1458:
Okay. EYRIE, 170 on the speed, Southwest 1458.

PHL APP:
American 585, also, emergency will be landing in front of you there so reduce speed to 170. We'll get you in as soon as we can.

AAL585:
Slow to 170, American 585, no problem.

PHL APP:
Endeavor 3625, Philly Approach, the altimeter's 29.74. Expect the ILS 27R, or... yeah. 27R, and... you can maybe expect some delay vectors since we have an emergency landing with a possible engine fire. 

ENY3625:
Copy that, Envoy 3625.

PHL APP:
For right now, I want you to keep at your speed 'cause you're not in my space but once you get to Cedar Lake, pull back to 190 knots and then depart Cedar Lake on a 330 heading.

ENY3625:
Cedar Lake 330 and 170 speed... Envoy 3625... 190 speed, Envoy 3625.

PHL APP:
190's correct, yeah.

SWA1380:
We need a single channel, no more channel switching. 

PHL APP:
Southwest 1380, you're on Approach frequency 128.4 where you should be. Maintain 4000 and do you need further assistance from me? What type of final do you want? I heard long.

SWA1380:
Yeah, we're gonna need a long final.

PHL APP:
Okay, I'm going to let you drive until you tell me you wanna turn base, okay? So it'll be at least 25 mile final. Longer than that, and I'll have to do some coordination. But that'll be fine. I'll get that done for you. You let me know when you wanna come in.

SWA1380:
Okay, 20 is good and... we may need shorter here in a moment. Tell me the runway we're setting up for.

PHL APP:
You're going to set up for 2...

SWA1380:
Say again?

PHL APP:
Southwest 1380, you'll be landing on 27L. 27L today... and you just let me know when you need to turn base. Right now, I have one person in front of you which is a Southwest but I'm sure he'll pull off if you need to go right in.

SWA1458:
Southwest 1458, we got the field.

SWA1380:
Okay!

PHL APP:
Southwest 1458, cleared visual approach 27R, keep your speed up. I might get you on the ground before I have to turn her base.

SWA1458:
Copy that, speed up, cleared visual 27R.

SWA1380:
Okay, Center.

PHL APP:
Southwest 1380, we've got 1458 on frequency. I just cleared him for the approach. Southwest 1380, I understand your emergency, let me now when you wanna go in.

SWA1380:
Okay, we have part of the aircraft missing so we're gonna need to slow down a bit.

PHL APP: 
Southwest 1380, speed is your discretion. Maintain any altitude above 3000 feet, and let me know when you wanna turn base.

SWA1380:
Alright, down to 3000, 210 on the speed. 

PHL TWR:
Absolutely. You just let me know if anything you need.

PHL 1 TWR:
Sure. I'll let you know when he's on a five mile final.

PHL APP:
Southwest 1458, give me your best forward speed, please, and Tower's 18.5

SWA1458:
Best forward, 18.5, 1458.

SWA1380:
Southwest 1380, we'd like to turn, start turning inbound.

PHL 1 TWR:
Fire Truck 21, ETA about 6-7 minutes. Stand by.

(Pause)

It's a number 1 engine failure.

(Pause)

And it's a Boeing 737, 149 souls on board and 21,000 pounds of fuel.

PHL APP:
Southwest 1380, turn, just start turning southbound. There's a Southwest 737 on the 4 mile final, will be turning southbound. Start looking for the airport. It's off to your right and and slightly behind you there. And altitude is your discretion, use caution for the downtown area. Advise for you to maintain at or above 2200 for the MVA. 

SWA1380:
Okay, could you have the medical meet us up there on the runway as well? We've got injured passengers.

PHL APP:
Injured passengers, okay. Is your airplane physically in fire?

SWA1380:
No, it's not on fire but part of it is missing.

(Pause)

They said there's a hole and someone went out. 

PHL APP:
I'm sorry, you said there was a hole and somebody went out?

(Pause)

Southwest 1380, it doesn't matter. We'll work it out there and the airport is just off to the right, report it in sight, please.

SWA1380:
In sight. Southwest 1380, airport's in sight. 

PHL APP:
Southwest 1380, you are cleared visual approach 27R, contact the tower at 118.5. 

(Pause)

Southwest 1380, I'm sorry. Cleared visual approach 27L, 27L and the tower's on 118.5.

SWA1380:
We're going to 27L, switching Tower, good day.

(Pause)

Hello Tower, Southwest 1380 landing on 27R.

PHL 2 TWR:
Southwest 1380, you wanna land on 27R?

SWA1380:
27L, I'm sorry, 27L.

PHL 2 TWR:
Southwest 1380, runway 27L, cleared to land. Wind 280 at 19 gusts 25. 

SWA1380:
27L, cleared to land, Southwest 1380.

PHL 1 Tower:
Airport 10, there is a hole in the side of the aircraft also. 

Emergency Vehicle:
Copy, there is a hole in the side of the aircraft.

PHL 1 TWR:
Airport 10, he is on short final. 

Emergency Vehicle:
Is he the next one to arrive?

PHL 1 TWR:
Yes, he is the next one to arrive on a 2-mile final there.

Emergency Vehicle:
(Unintelligible)

PHL 1 TWR:
Airport 10, proceed on 27L.

Emergency Vehicle:
Proceed on 27L, Airport 10.

PHL 2 TWR:
Southwest 1380, right turn when you're able or if you wanna stop, whatever you need to is fine.

SWA1380:
Thanks, we are going to stop by the firetrucks. Thanks guys for your help.

(Pause)

Do you have a frequency for fire chief?

PHL 2 TWR:
Southwest 1380, you need to go over to 135.1, they will be there.

SW1380:
135.1

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Philadelphia Tower, Fire Truck 21?

PHL 1 TWR:
Fire Truck 2, Tower.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
I need to talk to the pilot.

PHL 1 TWR:
Fire Truck 21, go to Tower 11, correction, he's coming over to my frequency now. 

(Pause)

Fire Truck 21, that's the captain there. Go ahead.

SWA1380:
Yes, sir. I believe captain's side is where we had the damage and that's the engine that went out.

PHL 1 TWR:
Fire Truck 21, that's the captain there. Go ahead.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Is there any injuries inside the aircraft itself? Also, we have no signs of smoke or fire from the outside right now. 

SWA1380:
Okay, we do have injured inside as soon as we can get those taken care of, that would be great.

(Pause)

Alright, we are putting the flaps down, just in case 'cause we did have some smoke initially up here.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Philadelphia Tower, Fire Truck 21?

PHL 1 TWR:
Fire Truck 21, Tower.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Can we talk to the pilot again?

SWA1380:
Go ahead for Southwest 1380.

(Pause)

Southwest 1380 is on 35.1.

PHL 1 TWR:
Fire Truck 21, that's the pilot there, go ahead.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Okay, how many injuries do you have on the aircraft?

SWA1380:
We're trying to figure it out right now, stand by. 

Emergency Vehicle 2:
We are going to have some buses come over for you, and we are going to deplane and going to have some paramedics to take a look at the patients.

(Pause)

Pilot, copy that information?

SWA1380:
Say again for the pilot.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
We're coming over and we want to deboard the plane and take a look at the passengers. We'll get some buses and deplane.

SWA1380:
Okay, board on the first door, left hand side.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Are we able to board on the R1?

SWA1380:
We can if you need that, yeah.

PHL 1 TWR:
Everybody waiting to depart 27L, we have an emergency in progress. It's gonna be about 10-15 minutes. Stand by.

SWA1380:
This is 1380, we need EMS on board, is there any way to get them up here?

PHL 1 TWR:
Fire Truck 21, did you copy that?

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Fire Truck 21.

PHL 1 TWR:
They want to know if they could get EMS onboard the aircraft, sir.

Emergency Vehicle 2:
Yeah, we're in the process of getting the EMS on.

PHL 1 TWR:
Okay, thank you.

RPA4488:
Tower, Brickyard 4488?

PHL 1 TWR:
4488, go.

RPA4488:
Hate to bother you guys, but, any word on the delay here? Because we're running kinda tight on gas.

PHL 1 TWR:
Standby, we're talking about taking you over to 27R probably. Standby. 

(Pause)

Attention, all aircraft on this frequency, plan to depart on 27R, stand by. 

(Pause)

Alright, disregard. All aircraft can start shutting down.

(Pause)

Piedmont 4876, Brickyard 4485, American 1913, Delta 4988,  Piedmont 4940, Blue Streak 5547, Envoy 3916, Delta 1224, go ahead and shut down. It's gonna be a good 15 minutes. We're not moving anything on the airport right now.

?:
Are we still planning 27R? 

PHL 1 TWR:
No, not right now, not moving any aircraft, trying not to move any aircraft on the field right now, and we have passengers deplaning on the field.

(End of Transcript)