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Engine cover of Southwest Boeing plane falls off during takeoff

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 returned to Denver International Airport on Sunday after an engine cover fell off and struck a wing flap during takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Houston-bound Southwest Flight 3695 landed safely in Denver about 8:15 a.m. local time after the crew reported the issue, according to the FAA, which is investigating. The plane - which, according to air traffic control audio, carried 135 passengers, two lap-held infants and six crew members - was towed to a gate.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement that its maintenance teams were "reviewing the aircraft." Passengers were flown to Houston's William P. Hobby Airport on another plane, arriving about three hours behind schedule, the company said. No injuries were reported.


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