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SW Jet Makes Emergency Landing After Hole in Fuselage

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 11:04 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Twitter, Fuselage, SW Airlines, Airline Industry

A hole opens up in a SW jet forcing an emergency landing.
Photo on Twitter

Hole In Fuselage



IMAGE SOURCE: Twitter/ Hole in SW Jet/ passenger: John Rhodes  


It doesn’t happen every day-thankfully. 

A hole opened up in a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 last night during a flight from Nashville to Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. The one-by-one foot hole appeared in the rear of the plane near the jet’s tail about an hour after the 4 p.m. departure.   Flight 2294 was diverted to West Virginia where it made an emergency landing.

The cabin lost pressure and oxygen masks were deployed, reports the Washington Post.

Passenger Michael Cunningham said he was sleeping when “All of a sudden, the loudest noise I ever heard came out of nowhere”. He described it as a loud roar.   When he woke up he saw “sky where I shouldn’t be seeing it”. 

The pilot began taking the plane to a lower altitude where it landed safely in Charleston, West Virginia.  Afterward the passengers applauded and hugged the pilot.   No injuries were reported among the 126 passengers and the passengers shared a pizza in the terminal while waiting about two hours for Southwest to send a replacement plane. 

The Federal Aviation Administration sent investigators to examine the gash.  Southwest tells AP it will investigate all 187 of the 737-300 jets in its fleet to try and determine whether the material tore or two panels separated to cause the rupture.   Air traffic on Southwest will not be interrupted, says the airline.

Forbes reports that traffic for Southwest Airlines fell in June by 2.1 percent, which was a smaller decline than a month before, while the load factor rose 1.3 percent.

The Department of Transportation reported on Friday that Southwest Airlines ranked number one for the fewest passenger complaints.  #


Anonymous User
Posted by jj
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:26 PM EST

I was in a similar emergency situation flying from Ft. Lauderdale Fl to Phoenix AZ in Feb. 2006. We had to make an emergency landing in Tampa Fl. There was a reported 8ft by 8ft hole in the fuselage but not all the way into the cabin. Our gratitude to the captain was profuse and we applauded when he landed us safely. The crew was the same when we resumed flying, on a different plane of course, the next morning. We all felt like a big family. I was met in Phoenix by my husband and my Great Dane mobility service dog. Many passengers were excited to meet my dog. I think this was a Soutwest jet as well.

Anonymous User
Posted by James Bowman
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 3:18 PM EST

is that a real twit pic of the plane?

Anonymous User
Posted by Teri
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:36 PM EST

had to be a different airline JJ...or an exagerated fish tale on your part. 8x 8ft HOLE is pretty darn big, whether or not it "went all the way through" or not. If there was a hole that big, no one would be here to talk about it...totally impossible. The plane would have started peeling apart and damage not have stayed "just on the outside".

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