Mid Air Terror, Is This Similar To What Happened With The 2 Recent Air Disaters?
July 14, 2009 12:47pm CST
This Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Baltimore is really fortunate to survive and landed safely without any fatalities. However, I just could not help to wander if the previous 2 fatal air disasters had anything similar to what might have happened. Are aircraft life spans over estimated? Wear and tear is very common and prevalent but with more demanding schedules and harsh environment conditions, shouldn't aircraft makers reassess these issues? The companies may differ here, however, I feel that they should really look into the wear and tear issue a little more closer and attention. It is a one square foot hole now and there's no guarantee that it will not be bigger on the next incident. This is indeed a grave concern to all parties. Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1199666/Mid-air-terror-hole-opens-packed-passenger-plane.html
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 09
That hole must have terrified the passengers on the plane. I have never needed to use an oxygen mask but those unfortunate people did. I feel so sorry for them and it might have put a number of them off flying. It was so very fortunate that the plane managed to land safely in Virginia. I think that planes get old and need regular safety tests.
20 Jul 09
maximax8, I am just not amused by this and these people has really got to look deep into their fleet. So, far all the mishaps weren't from terrorism but unexplainable aircraft body breaking up in midair. There is just literally no chances of surviving or recovering from such incidents at all if you know what I mean. And if you look at the airline industry today, none of them are making money and it is just worrying and scary.
• United States
14 Jul 09
Hi skysuccess, I don't fly anymore, because firstly, I don't have to thank goodness, and second, I think there is way too much cost cutting in the airlines at the expense of people's lives. I will take a bus before I ever fly again. Thanks for the update on the air disasters.
14 Jul 09
clutterbug, Good for you, but I do not think you can do away air travel completely given the prevalent geographical constraints. I do not suppose that the cost cutting will have anything to do with affecting or compromising the safety aspects of the aircraft transport. I hate to even venture my mind into it, especially when we are talking about hundreds of lives per sortie. It is just unthinkable. However, I feel that the authorities like FAA and IATA will come up with more stringent protocols and checks including operational accounting that these passenger airlines be it low costs or full fares are not cost cutting into mandatory safety maintenance. There is just no other way I see here. Do you agree? Have a nice day.