The National Transportation Safety Board investigated last month’s hard landing in John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, and found in its Friday report that the flight attendant felt pain in her upper back and neck immediately following the flight. She was not able to move and was transported to a hospital that found the compression fracture.
There were 141 other people on board at the time, and no other injuries were reported. The board did not provide a reason behind the rough landing or travel to the accident site. None of its investigative documents have been made publicly available.
Its pilots included a 55-year-old captain and 49-year-old co-pilot, who made the landing on the shorter-than-usual runway 5,700 feet long. Meanwhile, Los Angeles International Airport features runways from 8,900 and almost 13,000 feet.
“We reported the matter to the NTSB in accordance with regulatory requirements and conducted an internal review of the event,” Southwest said in a statement Monday.
The involved 18-year-old Boeing 737-700 is reportedly still operational and has made several flights daily.