Southwest 737 Experiences “Uncontained Engine Failure:” Lands Safely in Pensacola

Photo: Greg Linton

Southwest flight 3472 from New Orleans to Orlando diverted to Pensacola, Florida after an incident involving the number two engine.


The aircraft involved was N766SW, a 16 year old 737-7H4 with CFM56 engines. There were 99 passengers and 5 crew members onboard, who safely deplaned in Pensacola.

The engine appears to have significant damage, losing a cowling and exposing part of the main rotor. However, the incident appears to extend further than just the engine with the fuselage and horizontal stabilizer seeing slight damage.


Southwest has put the aircraft out of service and is working with the NTSB to investigate the incident.  The NTSB has stated that they are “investigating [an] incident involving a Southwest Airline fight that experienced uncontained engine failure, diverted to Pensacola Int’l.”

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