Aviation News

March 16, 2013

Rough Luv: Two Southwest Birds Clip Wings in Detroit

Southwest's first Boeing 737-800 N8301J Warrior One, taxis to its welcoming party.
Southwest's first Boeing 737-800 (N8301J), aka Warrior One, taxis to its welcoming party. (Photo by Tad Carlson)
WXYZ reported early Saturday morning that the wingtips of two Southwest Boeing 737-700s at Detroit Metro Airport made contact while backing up from their gates. An image posted by WXYZ shows the winglet of one of the aircraft to be sheared in half.

Flights 3660 and 2005, departing for Denver with 85 passengers and St. Louis with 38 passengers, respectively, were taken back to their gates. Southwest is inspecting the damaged aircraft, and is accommodating passengers on other flights. There was no damage to airport property.

This incident comes one week to the day after an Air India Boeing 777 clipped the tail of a JetBlue Airbus A320 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International. No one was hurt in either of these incidents.


  • brandonwberg

    Almost more surprised at the loads on these flights :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Matty9699 Bkny FTW

    There is a picture of it on reddit