Aviation Photo #0975371 Boeing 737-7H4 - Southwest Airlines

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Flight 1248 veered off the runway at Chicago Midway Airport at approximately 7:15 p.m. (CST) Dec. 8, 2005, onto Central and 55th Ave. The aircraft departed Baltimore/Washington at 4:50 p.m. (CST). The flight was expected to land at 6:30 p.m. (CST). The flight circled Chicago Midway Airport landing at approximately 7:15 p.m. Airliner slid thru the fence onto the intersection and hit a couple cars. Eleven people were injured, including three from airliner. One 6-year-old boy was killed. He was the passenger of car that was struck.
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    Gabriel Widyna
    Southwest Airlines
    Boeing 737-7H4
    Boeing 737-700 (BBJ/C-40 Clipper)
    Boeing 737-700 (BBJ/C-40 Clipper)
    Boeing
    32471
    1535
    N471WN
    Chicago - Midway International (Municipal / Air Park)
    Illinois
    USA
    December 10, 2005
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Comments (105)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Finally the photo we were looking for! Good job!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good picture of axident too bad 11 peoples was injuried espesially boy in hitted car......
Anonymous
11 years ago
R.I.P
Anonymous
11 years ago
It is sad to see incidents like this at my home airport.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow - CNN would have liked to have had this picture! The best shot of the accident yet!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great detail in this picture. I love the angle you used. it's "hit car" not "hitted car." Also, anyone see that "Midway" sign on the lightpoles? Great stuff.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, heck of a shot! Gives a great impression of the size of a 737 in an intersection!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I like the way the snow has settled on the backbone and who the sun is reflecting on the side.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing Photo!!!
God Bless the child who died!
-RyGuy
Anonymous
11 years ago
My God! What a horrible accident! This is an impressive view.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thanks for the nice picture! My heart goes to 6 years old boy and his family
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's sad to see the aftermath of this incident, reminds me of pictures of the Southwest incident in Pasadena. Glad everybody on-board survived, could have been a lot worse by the look of things.
Anonymous
11 years ago
In Southwests 35 year history they had never had an accident resulting in death. It sad that the boy was killed along with a beautiful plane being most-likely totalled beyond reapair. : (
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unusual picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
"great shot!"
Anonymous
11 years ago
I was waiting for this shot! Thanks for sharing it. A truly devastating event, but captured very well.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I was watching that on T.V.Sad ending though
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just an incredible and sad sight to see.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The rate is not because of the photo/photographer is because it's always a shame to see this kind of pictures. My respects to the family of the little boy! Rest in peace and God bless him!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I used to live nearby and I´ve always wondered when something like that would happen!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The reason why the plane went through the fense was the reverse thrusters were not working eventhough the plane just had a routine maintenence check the wednesday before the incident.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent moment
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its really sad to see these beauties like this! Notice the rudder!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice catching the airport sign!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent
Anonymous
11 years ago
I like the angle (because the whole plane fits the picture)and the reflection of the tail in the water at the bottom of the picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a tragic ending!
There is nothing else to say!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow! that shot may be very hard to take!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice Shot, pictures the accident scene perfectly.
A Very Bad Day for all concerned, may the boy RIP.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Let that little boy RIP. altough quite sad, it is a good angle.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good pic
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very good photo, but that crash is really sad thing...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thought we could only see this kind of scenes in movies !!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Oh my god.....
This little boy died...
Sincere condolences.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Horrible!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What an awful sight =(
Anonymous
11 years ago
It is a good shot but I am not lucky to see such an accident.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Well, this is a non-common situation for an aircraft, even though there is nothing to be happy about 'cause a boy died, the photo is interesting.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It`s so sad to see something like this :-(
But good picture Gabriel!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's uniquely awkward. Everything is normal with this picture except that, well, there is a huge plane sitting in the street. No carnage anywhere.
Anonymous
11 years ago
A specatular landing but unfortunately killing a child in the car. This is so far the only picture I've seen of the crash other than what I saw on TV.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Yes, I think Gabriel's photo is superb and the best I see. Pozdrawiam
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very sad...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very sad to hear that a person died in this incident, especially being a young child. In this photo though, I like the sign pointing in the other direction to Midway airport.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Not knowing the true circumstances and the tragic consequences of this accident, it would almost appear that the pilot got lost and just wanted to have a closer look at the sign directing him back to the airport.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Superb photos. Excellent and you are only one person who take photos in this accident. Pozdrawiam Mati
Anonymous
11 years ago
On a lighter note the irony I see in this photo is the sign that says Midway with the arrow.... You'd think it should be pointing straight ahead....
Anonymous
11 years ago
People should really consider putting a sandbox at the end of each runway. That little boy would be alive today.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good photo. Good job !!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
A very good approach, this accident was a worldwide news
Anonymous
11 years ago
How about some respect for the dead child's family? Some of you people are pathetic and make me sick.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's an unusual photo. You don't see a plane in the intersection every day! It's terrible that a little boy died.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Midway's Runways need to be longer than 6000 feet.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is an awesome picture.....i salute the person who took it.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Oh, I feel terribly sorry for this boy!
Sincere condolences.
Good photo anyway.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sadly, this accident is a proof that it is statistically more likely to die in a car, than in a plane.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can any one tell me will this plane be dumped or is it repairable enough for it to fly again?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Altough this is a superb shot well done for the capture,one must not forget that little 6yr child under the plane who lost his life..Rest in peace my friend....
Anonymous
11 years ago
I regret to say that it is a great angle for the shot of a sad situation. Condolences goes out to the family of the child. God Bless.
Anonymous
11 years ago
REALLY nice picture, but I am sad about the little boy who has been killed ... R.I.P.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Southwest is my favorite airline and I am heart broken that this beatiful Boeing will be scraped
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love the tremendous detail conveyed in this photograph although the tragedy is a pity.
Anonymous
11 years ago
So very sad for the child and his family. And how disappointing to see so many juvenile comments, especially from this on-line community in particular. Fortunate the consequences were not worse (this time around). (And one of the writers above is absolutely spot on - this event was a big red flag renewing the broad issue about the failure of many airports to increase runway lengths (and install other safety measures now available) in line with the size and heavy traffic of the aircraft now using them.)
Anonymous
11 years ago
My heart is for the pity boy.
Good pic, but the story was heart-breaking.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is something that to us that we traveled much nonserious good that happened.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photo shows the scale of the aircraft relative to normal street traffic (and this is a relatively small airliner!)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Chicago Midway runway 31C is 6,522 feet long but has a 700 foot displaced threshold. Do the math: 6,500 minus 700 displaced minus 1,000 feet to touchdown target equals only 4,800 feet available to stop. If runway is less than dry and you don't have reverse thrust you are in a heap of trouble.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Impressive and a very sad moment. My congratulations to the photographer for having kept the frames of this tragedy for a few days, instead of going for the "instant fame". If that was the intention then you showed great dignity. Also my sincere condolences to the family of the young boy that lost his life.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I hope there all ok
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
Well we know where that boy is today,Heaven thank God.Just study that picture for a minute the nose dropping down as in shame and guilt. it is a very eerie scene,Best detail i have seen yet.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ok, I have had to land A320's for United for about a year now and I am telling you, even in the best weather and conditions, if you land short even by 800 feet, you will not have enough time to stop on that runway. Even with thrust reverser on maximum throttle, you with end up on 55th just like that Southwest 737.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very sad! Living in Chicago, I heard all about that on the news, poor little boy that was killed in that .
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo
My heart goes to the family of the little boy though.
God be with you
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sad story that this scene is for realz. Glad the trip wasn't any worse, but too bad SWA has now a tarnished record.
Anonymous
11 years ago
My heart goes to the family of this little boy, RIP, i have a son of the very same age and i felt terrible about it! god help his parents
Anonymous
11 years ago
Mint picture! bet you were a bit nervous stood where you were! exciting but poor boy!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very sad, unexpected poor kid!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Outstanding photograph and one of the best I've ever seen. Robert Bailey.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Shows the true size compared to cars.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Love the shot saw this on the news in australia. Wonder if this plane will fly again anytime soon.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I am 13 years old and i would hate to be in that possision of that liitle boy.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have flown southwest airlines several times and am conviced they hire a lot of retired fighter pilots. The big bank angles are fun for me but probably not for most... Lots of spoiler action on aproach, great fun but watch out for slippery short runways. Burbank not wet or that short. R.I.P.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I was on the flt- thought we might be coming in too fast.. When we touched down we just bounced down the runway, no solid contact with the ground at all. Thrust reversers didn't deploy for several seconds, when they did it splattered snow across my window and I couldn't see. After stopping we didn't evacuate for several minutes, everyone exited out the back right door on a fire department staircase. Aircraft will be scrapped for parts once NTSB releases it to SWA.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love Southwest, but I was on that flight, and I remember all the previous person who posted mentioned. :(
Anonymous
10 years ago
Things like this happen but it's not often. The photo is very good.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I rate the picture 4 stars because it is very unusual. My heart lies with the little boy and his family
RIP
GOOD NIGHT GOD BLESS
Anonymous
10 years ago
Poor Kid:(
I'm very sad! We all know what happened to the family.
God be with you
Anonymous
10 years ago
R.I.P Gob be with you.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot of the plane but not a very good sight for the person who found the boy dead.
Anonymous
9 years ago
God with them..i hope eveything is went fine with the passengers an specailly the crew.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Sad Story.. Nice Picture...What else can I say. By the way I like the reflection the little puddle gives of the Vertical Stab.
Anonymous
9 years ago
You can go so many directions if to be titeled
Anonymous
8 years ago
A very bad accident! I can remember, I saw it on TV. But a good shot.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Think about what that boy was looking at before
the plane hit him. R.I.P
Anonymous
8 years ago
Midway and it's runways were constructed when props were the big airliners. They were long enough then. Unfortunately, there is no room form expansion. Rest in peace....poor kid. My heart goes out to the family.
Anonymous
8 years ago
R.I.P poor kid
Anonymous
8 years ago
A very striking and unusual picture, well captured.very striking and
Anonymous
7 years ago
im so sorry for that boy
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent capture
Anonymous
6 years ago
I can't believe it. How sad for the boy, the victims and their families.

(stun-shock-silence)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Most sincere condolences to all the victims families.

May the victims R.I.P. May the injured be well.
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is the main reason why the two biggest runways at MDW now have EMAS.
Anonymous
5 years ago
My deepest condolences to the family!! What surprises me in particular is the fact that they did not go around when realizing that there is no solid contact with the runway for some time, being aware of the weather and runway conditions. Why force the landing when it's a critical approach?! I believe the slightest concern is good enough to go around, try again, and if necessary divert. It's too tragic what happened to such a young life.
Anonymous
3 years ago
This photo taken shortly before the NTSB finally released the plane for removal from the accident scene.

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