Southwest Airlines Structural Failure Points to Flaws In Commercial Aviation System

April 4, 2011

The key language in the flurry of posts surrounding the Southwest Airlines 737-300 fuselage fatigue on Saturday is what Mike Van de Ven, Southwest’s chief operating officer, said in a statement: “Prior to the event regarding Flight 812, we were in compliance with the FAA-mandated and Boeing-recommended structural inspection requirements for that aircraft. What we saw with […]

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Concerns With Commercial Jet Engine Problems

December 27, 2010

Another problem with commercial transport jet engines:  this time the problem is with Boeing’s General Electric engines on its 777-200 jets.  After two engine incidents within a couple of weeks, the Angolan airline Linhas Aereas de Angola has decided to suspend all flights using its Boeing 777-200 engines.                                                         On December 6, the first incident occurred […]

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Latest Windshield Issue For Delta

November 19, 2010

At 34,000 feet in the air, the pilot came on over the public address system and calmly advised his passengers they had to make an emergency landing because the Boeing 737 had a  cracked windshield.  Delta Flight 1795 was headed for Southern California from Atlanta and diverted to the Dallas-Ft. Worth.  The plane landed in […]

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