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N7710A accident description

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Crash location 39.175278°N, 76.668334°W
Nearest city Baltimore, MD
39.290385°N, 76.612189°W
8.5 miles away
Tail number N7710A
Accident date 12 Dec 2014
Aircraft type Boeing 737
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On December 12, 2014, about 2030 eastern standard time, Southwest Airlines flight 3118, a Boeing 737-76N, registration N7710A, encountered multiple bird strikes while on approach to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore, Maryland. None of the passengers or crew members were injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 121 as a domestic passenger flight and originated from San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio, Texas.

The captain stated that while descending through about 2,500 feet on approach to land the airplane struck multiple birds. Inspection of the airplane after landing reveled substantial damage to the 178 forward pressure bulkhead and left wing fixed leading edge main rib.

NTSB Probable Cause

an inadvertent encounter with birds during approach to land that resulted in substantial damage.

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