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17:39 // 2 years ago
April 5, 2011
Southwest Airlines: Our Boeing 737s not all they’re cracked up to be: In an inspection of their fleet of 737s following a plane’s emergency landing last week, the airline says that five of their planes had fuselage cracks in them. Kevin Smith’s PR flub no longer looks so bad. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Southwest Airlines: Our Boeing 737s not all they’re cracked up to be: In an inspection of their fleet of 737s following a plane’s emergency landing last week, the airline says that five of their planes had fuselage cracks in them. Kevin Smith’s PR flub no longer looks so bad. source

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12:23 // 3 years ago
April 3, 2011
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 (viafollow)
13:45 // 3 years ago
April 2, 2011
4:19 // 3 years ago

producermatthew:

Passenger Shawna Malvini-Redden describes the scene on-board Southwest Airlines flight 812. When a hole opened up in the roof of the plane, Shawna used her camera phone to post photos to Twitter. The damaged plane landed in Yuma, Arizona en route to Sacramento.

1:55 // 3 years ago
April 1, 2011

producermatthew:

New video: A passenger on-board Southwest Airlines flight 812 filmed what appeared to be a three-foot hole in the roof of the Boeing 737. The plane, en route to Sacramento from Phoenix, landed safely in Yuma, Arizona. A new plane is expected to take the 112 passengers to Sacramento later tonight.

22:52 // 3 years ago
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)
20:27 // 3 years ago
February 10, 2011

Kevin Smith: I just lost tons of weight. Take that Southwest Airlines!

  • 65+ number of pounds Kevin Smith has lost since his unfortunate encounter with a Southwest Airlines flight
  • no Smith isn’t choosing to show off his new figure – he’s dressing exactly the same as he was before source

» 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.

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8:51 // 3 years ago