Boeing Jet Flies 525 Feet Above Oklahoma Town, Triggers Altitude Warning

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 triggered an altitude warning after flying just 525 feet above a town in Oklahoma. Southwest flight 4069 departed Las Vegas and was heading to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Wednesday (June 19) night.

When the plane was about nine miles from the airport, it dropped to 525 feet, triggering an automated altitude alert.

“Southwest 4069 low altitude alert,” an air traffic controller asks the pilot, according to a recording by “You good out there?”

“Yeah, we’re going around 4069,” one of the pilots responded.

The air traffic controller then told the pilot to maintain an altitude of 3,000 feet.

The plane landed safely without incident just before midnight.

The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into the incident.

“Nothing is more important to Southwest than the Safety of our Customers and Employees,” the airline said in a statement. “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.”

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