2015-12-15 Southwest Boeing 737-300 taxied into ditch at Nashville

2015-12-15 Southwest Boeing 737-300 taxied into ditch at Nashville
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2015-12-15 Southwest Boeing 737-300 taxied into ditch at Nashville

Narrative

After a normal landing the 737 ran off the side of the taxiway coming to rest in a ditch where its nosegear collapsed. There were a number of minor injuries.

Southwest Airlines flight 31 from Houston Hobby made a normal landing on runway 20C(enter).

After vacating the runway to the left it follows taxiway „Sierra“ and „Tango 4“ proceeding northbound to the terminal.

The aircraft has just crossed the inactive runway 13/31 and was about to turn right into taxiway „Juliet“ when directional control was apparently lost. (see map)

Boeing 737 ran off to the right side of the taxiway until it rolled over the grass towards downsloping ground. The aircraft ended up in a ditch with its nosegear subsequently collpased.

The crew initiated an emergency evacuation using slides on the right hand side.

Three minor injuries have been reported. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

The accident occured in darkness.

In Jan 2016,  The NTSB has opened an investigation. [LINK]

The aircraft is not expected to get repaired anytime soon and is possibly to be considered a hull loss.


Southwest Airlines media statement: LINK

OCCURENCE DATASET
Date: 2015-12-15 Time: 17:25
Location: KBNA BNA Nashville
Country: USA
Flight phase: TXI – Taxi, Power Back
Damage to a/c: substantial / hull loss

Flight
Flight no.: WN 31
From: KHOU/HOU: Hobby To: KBNA/BNA: Nashville
Type: Passenger
Operator: Southwest Airlines

Aircraft
Type: Boeing 737-300
Registration: N649SW
Age a/c: 18,5 years
Constr. No.: 27719

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Aircraft Involved

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Latest state of the aircraft, poss a write off
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Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 5 133 0 138
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 3 0 3

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 61th safety occurence for the operator
  • 198th safety occurence of type (B733)
  • 12th safety occurence a Nashville Airport, TN
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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Abbreviations

AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions