A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 800 experienced an unpleasant event on takeoff in Denver, as an engine cover dislodged.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 800 experienced an unpleasant event on takeoff in Denver, as an engine cover dislodged.

Maintenance Issue Leads to Engine Cover Loss on Southwest Airlines


A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 800 encountered an alarming incident during takeoff in Denver, as an engine cover detached and struck the wing flap. 

NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy attributed the mishap to a maintenance issue, shedding light on the incident’s events.


The NTSB chose not to launch a formal investigation, concluding that the airplane had undergone maintenance the night before the occurrence. 

Despite sending a structural engineer to assess the situation, the board determined it unnecessary to initiate further inquiry.

Maintenance Concerns:

Previous engine cowling incidents have been linked to failure in securing the fan cowl doors. In the case of Southwest Airlines, attention is drawn to potential issues with the latching mechanism, prompting a review of procedural protocols by the airline.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), responsible for the ongoing investigation, refrained from immediate comment. Southwest Airlines deferred to the FAA, respecting the investigative process.

Safe Return and Aircraft Details:

Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and Southwest Flight 3695 safely returned to Denver International Airport after the engine cowling incident. 

The Boeing 737-800, in service since June 2015, carried 135 passengers and six crew members on its journey to Houston Hobby airport.

Boeing’s Involvement:

Boeing, the manufacturer of the aircraft, referred inquiries to Southwest Airlines. The Boeing 737-800, a member of the preceding 737 NG generation, has garnered attention amidst ongoing scrutiny surrounding Boeing’s aircraft following previous incidents.

Recent engine-related issues on Southwest’s fleet have prompted further scrutiny by the FAA, reflecting broader concerns about safety and maintenance practices within the aviation industry.

Jean Martin

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