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Last updated: 4 August 2021
Date:Wednesday 27 March 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-7H4 (WL)
Operator:Southwest Airlines
Registration: N249WN
MSN: 34951/2005
First flight: 2006-07-17 (12 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:44455
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B24
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Nashville International Airport, TN (BNA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pittsburgh-Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Nashville International Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), United States of America
Southwest Airlines flight 975 struck a bird with the left horizontal stabilizer while descending through 2,500 feet on approach to the Nashville International Airport, Tennessee, USA. The airplane landed with no further incident. There were no injuries and the airplane was substantial damaged.
Damage to the airplane included a 12 inch crack in the forward spar, requiring replacement of the horizontal stabilizer. Bird residue was identified as a Great Blue Heron.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: a collision with a bird.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 149 days (5 months)
Accident number: DCA19CA130
Download report: Final report

Bird strike
Forced landing on runway


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Distance from Pittsburgh-Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, PA to Nashville International Airport, TN as the crow flies is 738 km (461 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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