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FAA Investigates Southwest Airlines Boeing Jet Engine Cover Accident

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The Federal Aviation Administration is probing an accident where a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 lost an engine cover.

The incident happened during takeoff from Denver International Airport en route to Houston on Sunday, April 7. 

It prompted Flight 3695 to return and land safely in Denver at approximately 8:15 a.m.

The crew noticed an engine cover had detached and collided with a wing flap during the ascent.

Upon its return, the aircraft was directed to the gate for examination. 

Southwest Airlines has yet to make a statement regarding the incident.

Boeing has directed all inquiries to the airline for further details on the jet involved and its operational status within the fleet.

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The Boeing 737-800 belongs to Boeing’s 737 Next-Generation series. 

FAA is currently investigating similar incidents involving Southwest-operated Boeing aircraft. 

A flight for Las Vegas was canceled last week after an engine fire was detected as the plane left the gate at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Texas. 

Additionally, a flight from Austin, Texas, had to return after reporting engine problems last month. 

In March, two Southwest Boeing flight crews reported issues with a flap and an engine.

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