Southwest 737 Engine Vibrations

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N228WN performing flight WN-55 from Phoenix, AZ to Oklahoma City, OK (USA) with 104 people on board, was en route at FL390 about 80nm north-northwest of Lubbock, TX (USA) when the crew reported the right-hand engine (CFM56) was vibrating, they wanted to divert to Lubbock.

The aircraft landed safely on Lubbock’s runway 17R and vacated the runway, the crew advised no further assistance was needed. Emergency services however advised they would follow the aircraft to the gate and further reported seeing flames from the right-hand engine. The crew responded they have now pulled the “T-Handle”.

The airport reported smoke was seen from the engine as the aircraft was taxiing towards the gate, the fire was quickly extinguished.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 Max registration N8707P positioned from Houston Hobby, TX to Lubbock and reached Oklahoma City with a delay of 4:15 hours.

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