Via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, flight WN-1388 from Tampa,FL to Houston Hobby,TX (USA), was in the initial climb out of Tampa’s runway 01L when the crew reported they had flown through a flock of seagulls at about 2000-2500 feet, about 4nm from the runway, and hat taken at least one bird hit, all systems appeared to function normal and the crew continued the climb but then requested to level off at 10,000 feet. The crew consulted with maintenance then decided to return to Tampa where the aircraft landed safely about 30 minutes after departure.
The FAA reported the aircraft received minor damage to the leading edges of the wings and damage near the windscreen.
Full story, here.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Preliminary Accident/Incident report is posted below and can be found via the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) site, which provides preliminary accident and incident information reported to the Office of Accident Investigation & Prevention within the past 10 business days.
|Regis#:||SWA 1388 REG UNKN|
|SOUTHWEST AIRLNES FLIGHT 1388 BOEING 737 AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED BIRD STRIKES, RETURNED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, NO INJURIES, DAMAGE TO LEADING EDGE OF WING AND NEAR THE WINDSCREEN, 4 MILES FROM TAMPA, FL|