Yesterday, Southwest flight 1380 from LaGuardia to Dallas had a catastrophic engine failure that led to debris breaking a window on the airplane. A woman was partially sucked out of the window before passengers pulled her back in and attempted to plug the hole.
Sadly, she didn’t make it.
We take it for granted how incredibly safe aviation is today. This is the first fatality due to an accident on a US plane since the loss of Colgan/Continental Connection Fight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo over 9 years ago.
But is another reminder of why I buy seats for all of my kids, no matter their age. I wouldn’t drive with them in a car without a carseat and I wouldn’t fly in a plane without one either. Turbulence happens on every flight and it makes little sense that we aren’t allowed to hold a bag during takeoff and landing but we are allowed to hold onto an infant.
It’s also a good time to remind people that masks are supposed to go over your mouth and nose, not your mouth and chin. Passengers reported that they had a hard time breathing and their mask placement would definitely explain those problems…
PEOPLE: Listen to your flight attendants! ALMOST EVERYONE in this photo from @SouthwestAir #SWA1380 today is wearing their mask WRONG. Put down the phone, stop with the selfies.. and LISTEN. **Cover your NOSE & MOUTH. #crewlife #psa #listen #travel #news #wn1380 pic.twitter.com/4b14lZulGm
— Bobby Laurie (@BobbyLaurie) April 17, 2018
By all accounts, the crew was amazing. You can listen to how calm and collected the pilot, who was one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy, is in this clip of the ATC audio.
Communications between the pilot of Southwest Flight 1380 and Air Traffic Control at Philadelphia International Airport as the plane came in for an emergency landing. https://t.co/KYa1Nw3pYp pic.twitter.com/FxgK35qDqP
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) April 17, 2018
Pretty amazing to see humans react so calmly under pressure. Obviously the loss of a single life is tragic, but clearly things could have been much worse. I can spend hours going down into the rabbit hole of past incidents where pilots and passengers have been sucked out of an airplane, but happily those incidents are exceedingly rare.