Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Holes in Fuselage

Landing, Las Vegas.Image via Wikipedia
If you like flying Southwest Airlines out of San Francisco, Oakland and
San Jose like me, you better think twice. On Friday April 1, 2011, April
Fools Day of all days, flight 812 from Phoenix to Sacramento had to make
an emergency landing in Arizona. A 5-foot hole occurred in the fuselage 20 minutes after takeoff. I can only imagine what was going through the passenger’s minds, when all of a sudden the plane looses pressure and the
oxygen mask start falling.  Southwest airlines canceled 70 fights for Monday. Out of the old 79 Boeing 737-300 33 planes were returned for service, and two planes were found to have cracks in the fuselages so far.I am wondering how many more major problems they are going to find. What I
don’t understand is how they missed cracks like these when they are supposed to be inspected routinely. It seems to me that somebody is not doing their job. Southwest Airlines is probably not the only airlines with this problem with their older Boeing 737-300 planes. I hope the other
airlines, take what happened at Southwest seriously and inspect their older model planes. So we won’t have a senseless tragedy, due to negligence.



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