Engine Shuts Down During Southwest Airlines Flight to Phoenix

by nph | July 1st, 2011

Southwest Airlines jet

Southwest Airlines jet

July 1, 2011

A Southwest Airlines flight ended with a safe landing on Thursday night, despite operating with only one functioning engine.

The plane, which was in route from El Paso, Texas, to Phoenix, Arizona, arrived in Phoenix at 9:30 p.m. and taxied to the gate under its own power. None of the 139 passengers were injured during what a spokeswoman called an “uneventful” emergency landing.

Southwest spokeswoman Ashley Dylan told The Associated Press that the Boeing 737 experienced “issue with engine exhaust” and that its pilot chose to shut down one of the engines as a precaution.

The captain of Southwest Flight 427 informed his passengers about the issue, explaining that they’d see firetrucks along the runway as they landed.

Maintenance crews are examining the engine.

Southwest Airlines is based out of Dallas, Texas, and is the largest airline in the United States, operating nearly 3,500 flights a day.

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Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines