Was the aircraft well maintained and should it have been maintained better? That is exactly why we are here, to look at why this problem occurred… We did find evidence of widespread cracking across this entire fracture surface.NTSB member Robert Sumwalt • Speaking at a press conference regarding the nearly calamitous defect on Southwest Airlines Flight 812 last Friday, which tore open a piece of the overhead fuselage. Some 300 flights have been canceled to free up the Southwest 737s now subject to inspection, “aircraft skin fatigue” being what inspectors consider the most likely culprit (thanks to producermatthew for his great work on this). source (via • follow)
Plane going down. Love you.Text message sent to a Sacramento woman by her husband on-board a troubled Southwest Airlines plane. The Sacramento-bound plane landed safely a few minutes later in Yuma, Arizona. An eyewitness said a loud bang was heard in the cabin, which caused rapid decompression in the plane. A total of 118 passengers were on-board the plane. A separate flight will take them to Sacramento around 8:30pm Friday. (via producermatthew)
» Not a changed man: In explaining his reasoning, the “Red State” director had this to say about the Southwest incident: ”At that moment, I was like, you know what? I’ll lose the weight, but I’m not putting on thinner clothes. Because why? What’s the difference? I’m still the same person I was 65 pounds heavier.” Yep, still a fat dude at heart.