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SWA flight continues for 75 minutes after rapid depresurization!!

SWA/FO

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So....looks like they are heros, that what the paper said.
 

sandman2122

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I wonder how many airports they overflew for @75 minutes = @ 450 miles?
 
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I was on an AA B727 about 15 yrs ago that had the same thing happen over Tulsa. We continued on to MCI at 10,000'. No biggie. I was sorta surprised they didn't land at TUL since they have maint there, but glad I didn't have to wait 6 hrs for another plane....
 

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I guess, from that article we all know the facts on this one?
 

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Southwest spokesman Whitney Eichinger said the pilot "decided to rapidly descend and got down to 14,000 feet and made it a manageable pressure in the cabin."
The pilot decided "there was no problem landing the aircraft in Manchester, so we continued on to Manchester," Eichinger said. "This is something our pilots are trained to handle."

Heros! Plane and simple.
 

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What’s wrong with what the pilots did. No injuries, no damage to the aircraft, and I’m sure they had sufficient fuel to continue to the destination… if they didn’t I’m sure they would have landed short.

RJ
 

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I think they did a very good job.
 

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As long as the pilot used the approved SWA procedure for this, I can't see any problem here.

It is quite possible that the pressurization system could hold a decent altitude and the pilot continued. It just depends. And reading the article you can't get enough information to make an informed decision.

This is nothing like the BA crew that flew their whale to London on 3 engines.

Hero is a word I wouldn't use here.

A350
 

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An abnormal pressurization/emergency descent does not require the crew to "land at the nearest suitable airport". Once the situation is under control, evaluate the situation and land if necessary.
 

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The CA is a 23+ year guy and the F/O is a Lance CA (or close).

The QRH says nothing about landing at the nearest suitable airport if the pressurization is controllable. Heros.. making moey for SWA. Great job!!
 

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Remember the Alaska guys last year. Masks dropped in the climb. They continued to LA? and climbed to FL410!

Gup
 

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Don't know about the SWA QRH, but the Boeing QRH makes no mention of landing at nearest suitable airport. In fact for the -200, it says "if pressure is restored, continue manual operation".

To me that says if the aircraft was maintaining an acceptable pressure at 14,000 feet, and there was suffiecient fuel to continue to the destination, that doing so was acceptable.

Heros, no. But from the article, and refering to the 737 QRH, it sounds like the crew made a sound decision.
 

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NEDude said:
Heros, no. But from the article, and refering to the 737 QRH, it sounds like the crew made a sound decision.

and you can bet that dispatch and ops were on board with that decisioin.
 

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Guys the hero comment is based on when someone calls a professional football player a hero... an example would be (from TV interviews) someone says "My kid is upset that T.O. has be suspended...thats my kid's hero". So I was throwing it around to be funny. I agree, they are not heros. But I am one, just ask BBB.
 
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