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Plane Turns Around After 'Life-Critical Cargo' Left Behind

That would be a human heart, forgotten on a Southwest flight headed to Dallas

(Newser) - The passengers on Southwest Flight 3606 were somewhere over Idaho Sunday when their captain came over the PA with a message: They were headed back to Seattle. That's because there was a "life-critical cargo shipment" that had been left on board, per the Seattle Times : a donated human... More »

Southwest Sorry After Girl's Unusual Name Causes a Fuss

Abcde Redford's mom says gate agent 'mocked' 5-year-old's name

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines was forced to apologize this week after a mom accused one of its employees of mocking her 5-year-old daughter's name a few weeks ago. Traci Redford was traveling home to El Paso, Texas, with daughter Abcde (pronounced Ab-city) when she heard the gate agent at John Wayne... More »

Chilling Details of Fatal Southwest Flight Revealed

NTSB holds hearing on Southwest Flight 1380

(Newser) - There was a loud bang, and suddenly the Southwest Airlines jet rolled 41 degrees to the left. Smoke began to fill the cabin, and flight attendants rushed row by row to make sure all passengers could get oxygen from their masks. When flight attendant Rachel Fernheimer got to row 14,... More »

Alleged In-Flight Groper Quotes the President

Florida's Bruce Alexander charged with abusive sexual contact

(Newser) - A Florida man accused of groping a woman's breast on a Southwest Airlines flight defended his alleged behavior Sunday, noting "the president of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts." Bruce Alexander of Tampa was nonetheless arrested and charged with... More »

More 'Sick' Planes Are in the News. This Time It's Measles

Passengers on 4 Southwest flights in Texas warned they may have been exposed to disease

(Newser) - First Emirates , then American , and now Southwest. All three airlines this week have had passengers or crew stricken by illness, and the latest episode involves the measles. NBC DFW reports that Southwest Airlines is working with the CDC to get in touch with passengers who were on four Southwest flights... More »

Southwest Diverts From Policy That's Part of Its 'DNA'

No more peanuts on flights beginning Aug. 1

(Newser) - Get your free peanuts while you can. Beginning Aug. 1, Southwest Airlines will stop serving the complimentary snack offered on flights since the airline's founding in the 1960s, according to a rather wistful Monday statement. "Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest's history and DNA," the... More »

Passenger's Marijuana Break Blamed for Diverted Flight

Southwest flight from San Francisco cut short

(Newser) - A flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles made an unexpected landing in San Jose instead, apparently because a passenger was smoking pot in the bathroom, reports CBS Los Angeles . The offending passenger was turned over to authorities upon landing, and the other 32 people on board had to be... More »

Berkeley Coach: Airline Forced Me to Prove I'm Biracial Son's Mom

Cal basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb calls out Southwest

(Newser) - Lindsay Gottlieb, coach of the University of California at Berkeley women’s basketball team, has flown with her son "approx 50 times" with no incident. So she was "appalled," as she wrote in a series of tweets to Southwest Airlines Monday, that during her most recent trip... More »

Captain Replaced Hubby on Deadly Southwest Flight

Shift change was to allow Tammie Jo Shults to attend son's track meet

(Newser) - Tammie Jo Shults, the heroic ex-Navy pilot who successfully landed a Southwest plane with a shattered engine, wasn't supposed to be on the flight. Shults' husband, also a pilot, had been scheduled to captain Flight 1380 on April 17 but offered to switch with Shults so she could attend... More »

Pilots on Deadly Southwest Flight: We Used Hand Signals

ABC News offers snippet of Friday '20/20' interview with Tammie Jo Shults, Darren Ellisor

(Newser) - It's been nearly a month since a frightening Southwest flight that ended in the death of one passenger, and now the pilot with "nerves of steel" and her co-pilot are finally offering their takes. In a short clip promoting a longer 20/20 interview set to air Friday, pilot... More »

Southwest Plane Hit by Truck on Runway

No injuries reported in Baltimore incident

(Newser) - Passengers on board a Southwest Airlines flight from Florida say a pickup truck hit their plane on the runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. WJLA reports that the airline hasn't released any comment on the crash early Monday morning, aside from responding to a tweet from passenger Michael... More »

Exit-Aisle Window Cracks Mid-Flight on Southwest Plane

Luckily, all ended well

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines plane flying from Chicago to New Jersey was forced to land in Cleveland on Wednesday after one of its windows cracked. The exit-aisle window cracked mid-flight, reports the New York Times , but the cabin never lost pressure as only one of the window's many plexiglass layers... More »

After Deadly Flight, Southwest Passengers Will Get $5K

Airline also will give them $1K travel vouchers after jet engine fatally injures woman

(Newser) - Southwest is sending a letter of apology, a $5,000 check, and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following an engine explosion. Chairman Gary Kelly says in the letter that the money is to help cover any... More »

Passengers Weren't Using Oxygen Masks Correctly

The masks are supposed to cover the nose as well as the mouth

(Newser) - The first passenger fatality on a US airline in almost a decade seems unimaginable: Witnesses say 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico was partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines plane Tuesday—she later died—when an engine exploded, smashing a window in her row. While rare, this kind of... More »

'I Thought We Were Goners'

Passenger describe terror on Flight 1380

(Newser) - Passengers say they went through 22 minutes of terror after an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines 737-700 Tuesday, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Some say they prayed and tried to comfort those around them as the oxygen masks fell amid a steep descent. Other say... More »

Passengers: Southwest Pilot Had 'Nerves of Steel'

Tammie Jo Shults praised as a hero

(Newser) - A woman was fatally injured when an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines flight with 149 people on board Tuesday—but survivors say it could have been a much greater tragedy if not for pilot Tammie Jo Shults. The 56-year-old, who was one of the first female fighter pilots in... More »

Woman Killed in Southwest Engine Explosion Identified

She was reportedly a New Mexico mom of two

(Newser) - A bank executive and mother of two from New Mexico has been identified as the woman who died after a Southwest Airlines jet plane blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window. News of Jennifer Riordan's death was first shared by the assistant principal of... More »

1 Dead After Scary Southwest Emergency Landing

No further details were given on how victim was killed

(Newser) - One person died when a Southwest Airlines jet had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday after the left side engine blew. In announcing the death, the National Transportation Safety Board chief did not offer any further details, but the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier reported that at least one... More »

Panicked Passengers Jump Off Wing After Emergency Landing

Southwest flight lands after crew notices strange smell in cabin

(Newser) - A Dallas-bound flight made an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport, sending panicked passengers leaping from a wing onto the tarmac after crew members screamed at them to get away from the aircraft, passengers and officials said. Southwest Flight 3562 took off from Phoenix on Sunday night and was headed... More »

Emotional Support Dog Bites Child on Flight

Southwest says it will review policies for support, service animals

(Newser) - An emotional support dog bit a young girl's head before a Southwest Airlines flight Wednesday, leading to the removal of a passenger from the plane and a 20-minute delay, CBS News reports. Southwest spokesperson Melissa Ford tells Bloomberg the girl, who is around 6 years old, approached the dog... More »

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