Southwest 737-700 Reports Engine Oil Issue at Lubbock, TX

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A Southwest Airlines flight made a precautionary return to Lubbock, TX after reporting and engine oil issue on 29 May 2024.

Southwest Airlines flight WN423, a Boeing 737-700 bound for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), had just departed RWY08 from Lubbock when the problem was detected.

Southwest WN423 Lubbock-Austin

Flight crew reported in engine oil problem was conducting the initial climb. Upon detecting the problem, the operating crew terminated the climb.

A precautionary return to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB) was then negotiated.

The aircraft subsequently landed without further incident less than 30 minutes after its initial departure.

Flight Details

Flight data shows that the Southwest WN423 regional service departed Lubbock (LBB) at 0702 local time on 29 May.

Shortly after departure, flight crew terminated the climb procedure at flight level FL 130 (13,000 feet).

The aircraft then conducted an immediate descent and expedited a return to the origin airport. The flight subsequently landed at 0722 local time.

Following the period on the ground with approximately three hours, the flight originally bound for Austin was completed successfully.

The aircraft which experienced the Southwest engine oil issue during the WN423 regional Texas service was a Boeing 737-700, registered N465WN.

This is a 20 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the US carrier Southwest Airlines. It has been in operational service with the airline since its initial delivery in June 2004.

Southwest Airlines, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the world’s largest low-cost carrier and a major player in Texan aviation.

Dallas Love Field (DAL) is Southwest’s largest hub, serving destinations across the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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