Looks like someone didn't get the call??????? At least your working for a safer airline now.Nothing?? The same inspections that were being pencil-whipped because of an accident that happened prior to this incident (almost exactly identical to the other one, albeit less severe)? I wouldn't say nothing...
I'm not "hating" by any means but the rose-colored glasses that some at Southwest wear really need to come off when it deals with your safety in the workplace.
Glad everyone is alright...and kudos to the crew who did a great job dealing with the problem. However, i too read about the inspections...and it was mentioned by the PR guy/gal(i forget) that it was a visual inspection only. How detailed of a "visual inspection" they don't say, but just doing a walkaround and not seeing any cracks seems like it doesn't do anything relevant.metal fatigue and cracking are very relevant. I read in one article that Southwest inspected its fleet overnight and gave itself a thumbs up... I don't believe that one night is enough time to check for fuselage metal fatigue in that many aircraft. Southwest aircraft rack up a lot of cycles, and some of their aircraft have been doing it for decades. Similar aircraft usage is what got the Aloha plane, and to see another 737 with a rupture in the upper fuselage leading to a rapid depressurization sure seems relevant to me.
Even from a cursory look at the news photos, it's pretty obvious that an antenna came off. So if you want to wildly speculate I'll submit that some one grabbed a handfull of screws from the wrong bin.
No one dare speak badly about SWA, because then your resume become null and void!Because it is Southwest, I'm assuming that no one would dare consider the possibility that some of their two-peso-an-hour taco benders pencil whipped one too many inspection south of the border.
No, of course we can't talk about it. That would be blasphemous to the new-age trinity. Nafta, political-correctness, and Southwest.
Just out of curiosity, are the logs pencil-whipped in Spanish when you outsource out of the country?
"When Southwest belatedly conducted the inspections, it found cracks in the bodies of six Boeing 737-300s, with the largest measuring 4 inches. Serious fractures can depressurize an aircraft and in 1988 caused an Aloha Airlines jet to rip apart, killing a flight attendant."
Let's keep putting off those inspections...