Published on : Tuesday, October 15, 2019
However, there were no injuries.
Online flight records from FlightAware show the flight, No. 4448 departing from Austin, arrived about 35 minutes late, landing at around 9 a.m. and spending about 45 minutes on the runway before arriving at a gate.
“Following a safe landing, the 137 customers and a crew of five used airstairs to deplane the aircraft and board buses for the main terminal,” Michelle Agnew, a spokesperson for Southwest, said in a statement, confirming that the problem had to do with a system that powers the landing gear.
“We apologise to all customers onboard for the inconvenience and are working with any connecting customers whose onward travel plans changed as a result of this event,” Agnew added.
Passengers compared the sound and feeling of the landing to what one might experience when a tire blows on a car.
“We landed kind of hard. I was actually dozing off and it startled me awake,” passenger Sam German told media. “We just heard something pop and then like a rattle. It sounded like a flat tire basically,” he added.
Another passenger, Jill Ariola, told the outlet, “If you ever had a flat tire, it was the same type of deal. You kind of hear it flap flap flap, and then we just listed a little bit. The pilot did a great job. There was no swerving; there was no drama.”
Tags: Southwest Airlines