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US FAA to investigate loss of engine cowling on Southwest Boeing 737-800

US FAA to investigate loss of engine cowling on Southwest Boeing 737-800

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Tiafx) -The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday it will investigate after an engine cowling on a Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) Boeing (NYSE:BA) 737-800 fell off during takeoff in Denver and struck the wing flap.

Southwest Flight 3695 returned safely to Denver International airport around 8:15 a.m. local time on Sunday and was towed to the gate. The Boeing aircraft had been headed to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston.

Southwest said it was flying passengers on another plane to Houston approximately three hours behind schedule. Southwest said maintenance teams are reviewing the aircraft.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane is seen at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the Greater Los Angeles Area, California, U.S., April 10, 2017. Picture taken April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

The plane entered service in early 2017, according to FAA records. Boeing referred questions to Southwest for information about the airline’s airplane and fleet operations.

ABC News aired a video posted on social media platform X of the ripped engine cover flapping in the wind with a torn Southwest logo.

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