Southwest Airlines Accident Seen on Radar

Last week, a Southwest Airlines flight encountered an emergency when a fan blade broke off in one of the engines. When emergency personnel began looking for the missing parts, weather radar proved helpful.

Southwest Airlines Plane After Accident

As a fan blade broke, it caused parts of the cowling to come off the engine casing. Some of these pieces were found near Reading, PA and those in the area have been asked to report any additional findings to the National Transportation Safety Board.

As parts of the plane fell last week, they were visible on Super-Res Reflectivity (left) and Correlation Coefficient (right) at Tilt 2. Take a look at the RadarScope loop shown below.

Parts of Southwest Airline Plan Seen on Radar

Radars can see much more than precipitation. Bats, bugs, birds, blowing dust, and items falling from the sky are also viewable if you know where to look.


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