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Flight attendant breaks back in 'hard landing'

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant broke her back when her plane made a "hard landing" in July.

The flight attendant suffered a compression fracture to a vertebra in his upper back.

The plane, an 18-year-old Boeing 737-700, landed at Santa's Anna's John Wayne's Orange County Airport on July 1 after departing Oakland.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the incident and released its final report on Friday. Not yet distributed to the public.

The pilot made a "hard landing" on a relatively short runway, but none of his 141 other people on board were injured.

Flight attendants sat in jump seats at the back of the plane for landing.

She reported that she felt sharp pains in her back and her neck, and then she could not move.

"She showed that the plane hit the ground with such force that one would think it had crashed," the report said. As it was running, the crew informed the pilot about her injury shortly after landing.

Her paramedics rushed to her scene and transported her to a local hospital.

John Wayne Airport's runway length is her 5,700 feet, much shorter than other airport runways. However, pilots told the NTSB they are aiming for a shorter runway "touchdown zone."

Southwest said customer and employee safety is their "first priority." said it cooperated with the NTSB investigation.

"We have reported the matter to the NTSB in accordance with regulatory requirements and have conducted an internal review of the event," a Southwest spokesperson told

South West Airlines did not say whether the plane was damaged on landing. At its final inspection on June 29, it was rated as having "continuous airworthiness."[29][30] The plane has reportedly continued to fly daily since the incident in July.

This was not the first time a commercial airliner had made an emergency landing this year.

In June, her 137-passenger flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Miami crashed on the runway. The plane exploded in a horrifying sight, but there were no casualties. Three people were hospitalized.

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