Friday, March 7, 2008

Southwest - Lucky to be Alive?

About a month back, I wrote a post about Southwest Airlines and it's refreshing attitude towards carrying people from point A to point B (see Singing All the Way).

Now, a CNN article exposes that over the last 30 months, Southwest flew at least 117 planes that are in violation of the FAA's mandatory safety checks. Specifically, Southwest uses the Boeing 737 exclusively - a plane involved in 2 fatal accidents in the US over the last couple of years.

What can I say? The article frightened me a bit. I wonder if over the last 8 flights I flew with them, I was on one of those planes (47 of which actually have cracks in the fuselage)?
Perhaps song and dance is all they have to offer?

Here are the story's highlights, if you don't have time to read the entire article:
  • Documents show Southwest flew thousands of passengers on "unsafe" flights
  • Southwest declines comment for this report
  • House panel chair says it's "one of the worst safety violations" he's ever seen
  • Documents: 47 jets kept flying after missing inspections for cracks in fuselage

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