Southwest Flight Denver-Tampa Diverts to Colorado Springs

Tomás Del Coro, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Southwest Airlines flight operating between Denver, Colorado and Tampa, Florida made an unscheduled diversion to Colorado Springs on 27 May 2024.

Southwest Airlines flight WN1070, a Boeing 737-700 bound for Tampa International Airport (TPA), was en route when the incident occurred.

Flight crew detected the smell of smoke in the aircraft cabin, and the decision was made to divert.

Southwest WN1070 Denver-Tampa

The aircraft was transiting Kansas airspace at cruising altitude when the course alteration was made. From that position the aircraft then tracked west/north-west Colorado Springs Airport (COS).

The aircraft then landed in Colorado Springs without further incident, approximately one hour after the initial departure from Denver International Airport (DEN).

Flight Details

Flight data shows that the Tampa bound flight WN1070 made an actual time of departure of 1913 local time out of Denver (DEN).

The aircraft then set course normally, climbing to flight level FL390 (39,000 feet) for the service to Florida.

From cruising altitude flight crew then initiated the diversion and subsequent descent procedure for Colorado Springs.

A formal emergency was not declared in the aircraft continued under normal flight operating procedures to the diversion airport.

The aircraft conducting the WN1070 regional service was a Boeing 737-700, registered N474WN.

Tomás Del Coro, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This is a 19.9-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the US carrier Southwest Airlines. It has been an operational service with the airline since its initial delivery in July 2004.

After the Southwest flight diverted, a replacement aircraft was repositioned to Colorado Springs to continue the service to Tampa International Airport.

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