FAA temporarily clears grounded Southwest planes

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Original story by Chip Reid on CBSNews.com on February 25, 2015.

WASHINGTON — One day after Southwest Airlines grounded 128 planes for missing inspections, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared the planes to fly before the inspections are completed.

The planes were grounded on Tuesday after Southwest Airlines says it inadvertently missed the periodic deadline for inspecting the system that backs up the hydraulic rudder. The equipment allows pilots to steer if the main system fails.

Nearly 100 flights were cancelled - leaving some passengers angry.

“That’s something that shouldn’t be overlooked right,” said one passenger. “It’s just negligence.”

But the FAA has now allowed the planes to fly, while inspections continue over the next five days.

In a statement the FAA said it had “evaluated the risk and agreed the airline could continue to operate the planes during the short interim.”

It’s not the first time Southwest has made headlines over safety and inspections.

Last summer the FAA proposed a $12 million fine for Southwest’s alleged failure to comply with regulations on aircraft repairs; in 2011 the FAA ordered inspections of dozens of older Southwest planes after a 5-foot hole opened up on a plane mid-flight; and in 2009 Southwest was fined $7.5 million for failing to inspect planes for cracks in the fuselage.

In this photo provided by passenger Christine Ziegler, shows an apparent hole in the cabin on a Southwest Airlines aircraft Friday, April 1, 2011 in Yuma, Ariz. Authorities say the flight from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., was diverted to Yuma due to rap

In this photo provided by passenger Christine Ziegler, shows an apparent hole in the cabin on a Southwest Airlines aircraft Friday, April 1, 2011 in Yuma, Ariz. Authorities say the flight from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., was diverted to Yuma due to rapid decompression in the plane. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the cause of the decompression isn’t immediately known. But passengers aboard the plane say there was a hole in the cabin and that forced an emergency landing.
AP Photo/Christine Ziegler

“The safety of customers and employees remains our highest priority and we are working quickly to resolve the situation,” Southwest said in a statement.

Southwest said late Wednesday that two-thirds of the 128 planes had now been inspected. During the company’s 50 years of operation, only one person has died as a result of an accident.

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Flight attendant badly injured on United Flight, February 15th, 2015

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Original story by Simon Hradecky on The Aviation Herald.

A United Boeing 737-900, registration N69816 performing flight UA-1654 from Seattle,WA (USA) to Chicago O’Hare,IL (USA), was enroute at FL330 about 270nm east of Seattle when a flight attendant suffered a serious leg injury. About 10 minutes later the crew decided to turn around, descended the aircraft to FL280 and FL220 and returned to Seattle for a safe landing about one hour after the flight attendant received the injury.

The FAA reported: “WHILE ENROUTE 1 FLIGHT ATTENDANT SUSTAINED A SERIOUS LEG INJURY”, the aircraft returned to Seattle. The occurrence was rated an accident.

The flight was cancelled.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL1654/history/20150216/0651Z/KSEA/KORD

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United flight near Honolulu experiences turbulence, 7 injured

Author: admin  |  Category: Other Events, Safety, Turbulence

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Original story by Simon Hradecky on The Aviation Herald.

A United Boeing 767-400, registration N59053 performing flight UA-15 from Newark,NJ to Honolulu,HI (USA) with 230 passengers and 11 crew, was descending towards Honolulu when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to 6 cabin crew and a passenger. The aircraft continued to Honolulu for a safe landing. 4 cabin crew and the passenger were taken to a hospital, the other 2 cabin crew declined hospital care.

Haiwaii’s Department of Transport reported there were 7 injuries, 6 cabin crew and a teenage girl amongst the passengers, the girl receiving head injuries, when the aircraft encountered sudden turbulence enroute to Honolulu.

At the time of arrival a storm system was battering the Hawaiian Islands.

On Feb 17th 2015 the FAA reported one flight attendant received serious injuries, 3 flight attendants received minor injuries and a passenger received injuries of unknown degree when the aircraft ancountered turbulence on descent towards Honolulu.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL15/history/20150214/1410Z/KEWR/PHNL

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Smoke onboard diverts plane to Tulsa on February 9th, 2015

Author: admin  |  Category: Fumes, Other Events, Safety

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Original story by Simon Hradecky on The Aviation Herald.

An Envoy Canadair CRJ-700, registration N532EA performing flight MQ-3235/AA-3235 from Dallas Ft. Worth,TX to Cedar Rapids,IA (USA) with 65 passengers and 4 crew, was enroute at FL330 about 25nm south of Tulsa,OK (USA) when the crew donned their oxygen masks reporting smoke in the cockpit and a medical emergency on board, requesting medical personnel at the gate, and diverted to Tulsa. Upon checking in with tower the crew advised they would vacate the runway, stop on the taxiway and pop the doors open, medical personnel requested the meet the aircraft on the taxiway. The aircraft landed safely on runway 36R about 20 minutes after leaving FL330, vacated the runway and stopped on the adjacent taxiway. Emergency services responded, took care of the medical emergency and checked the aircraft. The passengers disembarked onto the taxiway and were bussed to the terminal.

The remainder of the flight as well as the return flight was cancelled.

The source of the smoke is being investigated.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ENY3235/history/20150209/2035Z/KDFW/KCID

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US Airways flight lands at Houston without nose gear on February 9th, 2015

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Original story by Simon Hradecky on The Aviation Herald.

A US Airways Embraer ERJ-190, registration N953UW performing flight US-1825 from Philadelphia,PA to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) with 53 passengers and 4 crew, was on approach to Houston’s runway 27 when upon being handed off to tower the crew requested to maintain 2000 feet to “troubleshoot this”. The approach clearance was cancelled, the aircraft overflew the runway. About 5 minutes later the crew reported they had done the alternate gear extension but weren’t sure whether all gear was down and requested to perform a low approach to have the gear inspected from the ground. The crew reported that they briefly had a green nose and green main but the nose turned red afterwards, now they had all red, but some of the gear was down, there was quite some drag. On the first low approach to runway 27, about 1300 feet, tower was unable to sight the nose gear, crew and tower decided to a low approach to 500 feet runway 27 might be better. Five airport vehicles were dispatched to the parallel taxiway to have a look at the aircraft during the low approach, subsequently tower reported he did not see any nose gear down, so did the airport vehicles. The crew declared emergency at that point. The crew worked another couple of checklists then positioned for approach to runway 27 and landed the aircraft on runway 27 coming to a stop on the main gear and aircraft nose. The crew advised so far everything looked good, they were evacuating. One person received injuries, the damage to the aircraft is being assessed.

The FAA reported in the afternoon of Feb 9th 2015, that one person received injuries when the aircraft landed with the nose gear retracted.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AWE1825/history/20150209/2310Z/KPHL/KIAH

The aircraft after landing (Photo: Passenger Carter Ozanus):
The aircraft after landing (Photo: Passenger Carter Ozanus)

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United flight out of Chicago failed to pressurize

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Original story by Simon Hradecky at The Aviation Herald.

A United Boeing 737-900, registration N67815 performing flight UA-1218 from Chicago,IL to Denver,CO (USA) with 175 passengers, was climbing through 15000 feet out of Chicago when the crew stopped the climb and descended to 10,000 feet due to the cabin not properly pressurizing. The aircraft returned to Chicago for a safe landing about 40 minutes after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-900 registration N66837 reached Denver with a delay of 4.5 hours.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL1218/history/20150203/1409Z/KORD/KDEN

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