Southwest Plane Collides With Ground Equipment in Intense Winds at Denver Airport

Jan 8, 2019

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A Southwest Boeing 737 MAX 8 collided with ground equipment at Denver International Airport (DEN) after landing on Monday afternoon due to heavy winds in the area.

Southwest Flight 203 coming from Baltimore (BWI) landed on time, but was caught in the strong winds. Denver airport officials were warning passengers of potential flight delays due to the gusts.

According to USA Today, a Southwest spokeswoman said all passengers safely exited the plane without injury, and it is unclear what part of the aircraft experienced the damage. TPG contacted Southwest for more details, but did not hear back in time of publication.

Denver weather reports indicated that the high winds would reach up to 60-100 mph on Monday and would die down in the evening. According to Flight Aware, a flight tracking service, gusts of winds were reaching between 21 to 40 KT, or 24 to 46 mph at the Denver airport.

Although it may be frightening to have your flight end on a bumpy note, pilots are trained for these types of landings and you really don’t need to worry.

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