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    Boeing Southwest flight nosedives to 525 feet above ground in Oklahoma with residents 'terrified'

    By Reanna Smith & Reanna Smith & John O'sullivan,

    2024-06-21
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    A Southwest Airlines plane gave Oklahoma residents a scare as it swooped dangerously close to their homes , nearly causing a disaster. The Boeing 737 triggered a low-altitude warning when it was still nine miles out from its Oklahoma City destination, leading to an immediate investigation by the authorities .

    The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the incident occurred around 12.05 am local time on Wednesday, with air traffic control quickly intervening after the alarm. Flight data from Flightradar24 showed the jet descended to about 525 feet above ground level over Oklahoma City's suburbs before heading to Will Rogers World Airport.

    LiveATC.net audio captured the tense moment: "Southwest 4069, low altitude alert. You doing OK?," an air traffic controller asked the Southwest pilots. The pilot responded, "Yeah, we're going around, 4069," and was instructed to climb to 3000 feet. Residents caught the aircraft on doorbell cameras as it loomed over their homes.

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    The incident left locals in fear, with many jolted awake, worried the plane would crash into their houses. "It woke me up and I thought it was gonna hit my house," posted a resident in a community Facebook group, as reported by the Oklahoman, reports the Mirror .

    One local recounted: "Thought I was having cool dreams about airplanes the other night but actually had a 737 buzz my house."

    The aircraft reached its lowest point over Yukon High School. Nearby resident Spencer Basoco was jolted awake by the commotion. Speaking to KFOR, he said: "I was kind of like halfway in between sleep being awake, and I just hear this WHOOOSH and I thought at first, like a storm was blowing in... because it just sounded like a wall of wind. And I looked out the window where the sound was coming from... if you go a few blocks away is the high school. And I just see a plane."

    He further commented, "I knew it wasn't normal," Dallas-based Southwest Airlines confirmed that the jet landed safely shortly after midnight.

    A Southwest spokesperson declared: "Southwest is following its robust safety management system and is in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration to understand and address any irregularities with the aircraft's approach to the airport," They continued, "Nothing is more important to Southwest than the safety of our customers and employees."

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    This incident follows a recent scare involving another Boeing 737 from Southwest Airlines that experienced a sudden drop "like a rollercoaster" to just 400 feet above the sea. This event occurred near Hawaii in April when the plane had to abort its landing due to weather , leading to a dramatic altitude loss within moments.

    Following the unexpected drop, the captain commanded his co-pilot to intensify the thrust resulting in the plane swiftly rising at an "aggressive" pace of 8,500 feet per minute before making a safe landing back in Honolulu.

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