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....
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."
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.
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.
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.