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Old 04-18-2018, 11:09 PM
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She has nerves of steel

Great headline for and incredible story of a woman ex-fighter pilot landed her Boeing 737 safely after it blew an engine out.


‘She has nerves of steel’: The story of the pilot who calmly landed the Southwest Airlines flight

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The pilot’s voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended, telling air traffic control she had “149 souls” on board and was carrying 21,000 pounds — or about five hours’ worth — of fuel.

“Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” said Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy. “We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.” She asked for medical personnel to meet her aircraft on the runway. “We’ve got injured passengers.”

“Injured passengers, okay, and is your airplane physically on fire?” asked the air traffic controller, according to audio of the interaction.

“No, it’s not on fire, but part of it’s missing,” Shults said, pausing for a moment. “They said there’s a hole, and, uh, someone went out.”

The engine on Shults’s plane had, in fact, exploded Tuesday, spraying shrapnel into the aircraft, causing a window to be blown out and leaving one woman dead and seven other people injured.
An amazing accomplishment landing a plane with just one engine and a window blown out.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.fad1141a8c0c
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Great pilot. Just the sort of person you want.

Many of the 737s are getting pretty old.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:46 AM
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Wounder if outsourcing maintenance to foreign countries and third party subcontractors instead of US based had anything to do with the fan blade shattering?


https://www.dallasnews.com/business/...rcing-radio-ad
One of the key issues being discussed is how Southwest deploys its mechanics and how much maintenance work is deployed to third-party contractors, especially as the airline grows its international presence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“They’re slowly chipping away at our maintenance [work],” Dixon said. “We have to protect our work. The company has not been open about that with us, which has caused frustration.”



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Old 04-19-2018, 09:19 AM
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I am no airplane expert, but I am guessing that inspections to identify metal fatigue means an aircraft has to be grounded for a period of time. Those inspections could cost the airline a bundle in lost revenue.
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All depends on whether they have to do it immediately, or if they are allowed to wait and work it in with regular required maintenance.
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