Southwest Flight To Houston: Engine Failure in Fort Lauderdale

Southwest Flight To Houston: Engine Failure in Fort Lauderdale
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Yesterday evening, a Southwest Airlines flight originally bound for Houston had to make a fast return to Fort Lauderdale due to an engine failure.

This flight ended up being short, with further information released by outlets in the area and globally.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

WN1575 – Fort Lauderdale-Houston…

Southwest Flight To Houston: Engine Failure in Fort Lauderdale
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Southwest Flight To Houston: Engine Failure in Fort Lauderdale
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Southwest Airlines flight WN1575 is a routine scheduled flight between Fort Lauderdale and Houston Hobby.

Furthermore, the aircraft involved in the incident was N8578Q.

As per data from, N8578Q is a 5.8 year old Boeing 737-800 aircraft that was delivered to the airline in June 2018.

Of the 737-800 variant, Southwest Airlines has 207 of them, of which 196 are in service and 11 are parked.

Furthermore, fleet average for the 737-800 at WN is currently 8.6 years at the time of writing.

Southwest Airlines flight WN1575 departed Fort Lauderdale at 1930 local time yesterday evening.

The aircraft initially proceeded westbound in the direction of Houston Hobby before an incident occurred.

Reporting from The Aviation Herald mentions that the climb was stopped at 4,000 feet due to an engine failure.

WN1575 landed safely back into FLL around 15 minutes after departure, with the aircraft checked by emergency services.

Long Delay for Passengers…

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It is understood that the passengers were put onto a replacement aircraft, with the Southwest Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale landing into Houston Hobby over five hours late.

Still, in the context of safety, this is the best outcome for the passengers involved in the engine failure.

Data from RadarBox shows that N8578Q is scheduled to be back in commercial service on Monday pending repairs.

All eyes will be on whether these flights will operate or not, depending on whether maintenance can get it fixed in time.

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