Southwest Airlines Emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
By George Hatcher

On July 9, 2013 at 9 a.m., a Southwest Airlines flight en route from Baltimore’s BWI Marshall Airport to Las Vegas with 174 passengers, and 6 crew aboard developed engine trouble. The right engine developed a leak.

Pilots diverted to Kansas City International Airport where they made a safe landing.

Good job pilots. Safe landing. No injuries.

In George’s Point of View

I’ve said it before and likely will say it again. Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance.

Commercial planes are up and down all day long. It’s constant.

Problems with these planes are just a matter of time. There must be absolute iron-clad maintenance and inspection that is equally as aggressive as the operator that wants their entire fleet in the air all the time.

You know the old adage:
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Think of how easily this applies to a plane.

For want of a maintenance check a washer was lost
For want of a washer the oil was lost.
For want of the oil, an engine was lost.
For want of an engine, the pilot was lost.
For want of the pilot, the plane was lost.
For want of the plane, the passengers were lost.
And all for want of a maintenance check.

So…I wasn’t really expecting to say it again so soon:

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance.

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