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Terrifying moment Boeing 737 plunges 500 meters from the neighborhood

Terrifying moment Boeing 737 plunges 500 meters from the neighborhood

Terrifying moment Boeing 737 plunges 500 meters from the neighborhood

Residents of Oklahoma City were left terrified when a Boeing 737 plane suddenly crashed about 500 feet above a local neighborhood.

The incident happened on Wednesday (June 19) shortly after midnight local time after Southwest Airlines Flight 4069 took off from Las Vegas.

The flight had almost reached its destination and was cleared to land at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City when it suddenly began to plummet through the sky while still nine miles from the airport.

The sudden descent set off altitude alarms, including the minimum safe altitude warning, prompting an air traffic control worker to contact the pilot as the plane reached about 525 feet above the ground.

Audio from the incident heard the controller say: “Southwest 4069, low altitude alert. Are you okay there?”

The pilot assured air traffic control that everything was under control, replying, “Yes, we are going around, 4069.”

The plane reached its lowest altitude while flying over Yukon High School in Oklahoma at 12:06 p.m. local time.

The air traffic controller told the pilot to maintain 3000 feet, and fortunately the plane did not crash completely to the ground, instead circling the neighborhood before landing safely on another airport runway.

The flight spun before landing at the airport.  (NBC News)

The flight spun before landing at the airport. (NBC News)

Although the Southwest Airlines flight managed to land safely in Oklahoma, it wasn’t without first scaring those below.

Several locals took to social media to share their experiences of the incident, with one person writing: “I thought I had great dreams about planes last night but I actually had a 737 noise in my house.”

Another wrote: “Woke up and thought it was going to hit my house.”

Speaking to News 4, local resident Spencer Basoco recalled: “I was like half asleep being awake and I just hear this WHOOOSH.

“And I thought at first, like a storm was blowing… because it just sounded like a wall of wind. And I looked out the window where the sound was coming from… if you walk a few blocks away it’s the high school. And I only see a plane.”

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Thursday that it has launched an investigation into the incident.

“Southwest follows its robust safety management system and is in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration to understand and address any irregularities related to the aircraft’s approach to the airport,” a spokesperson said in a statement cited by ABC News.

“Nothing is more important to Southwest than the safety of our customers and employees.”