Large hole discovered after Southwest flight (WN812) makes emergency landing

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  1. JALPak
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    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/04/01/arizona.flight.diverted/?hpt=Sbin

     
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    Not the first time this has happened to them.

    July 2009:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31902513/ns/travel-news/
     
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    They emphasize a very fast turn-around. I hope that doesn't puts pressure on the pilots to rush the walk around inspection.
     
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    it's hard to see those during pre-flight check by pilots if the damage is on top of the plane...They need to use other tools to do the check
     
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    I was happy to read that the bullet hole on that US Airways jet earlier this week was indeed found by the pilot doing the walk around inspection. In other words, those aren't just for show (not that I thought that, but it shows the public that the pilots do this for good reason).

    If there was something to see on the WN jet before departure, it probably would have required a cherry picker, though.
     
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    From the descriptions of the hole in this WN plane, I'm surprised that no one was injured or sucked out of the aircraft.

    Does anyone know how much their schedule is disrupted by the decision to take some aircraft out of service as a result of this incident?
     
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    What does WN give passengers as compensation on a flight like this? Frightening, but non injuries or fatalities.
     
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    I was wondering about that.
     
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    The hole was large,but not of the size that sucked out the FA on Aloha Airlines Flight 243...not even close thankfully!
    I would be glad to be alive and uninjured in this case and after all accidents happen...now if someone could prove this was due to poor maintenance on WN's part....then the big C word should come up :)
     
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    I can think of a few C words that might apply if my airplane suddenly became a convertible.
     
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    I realize that it's a much smaller hole, but three feet in diameter is still big enough. Fortunately there weren't any small children nearby not wearing seat belts.
     
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    According to this Arizona Republic article, "All passengers will receive a full refund along with an apology and two complimentary roundtrip passes on Southwest for future flights, the company said."
     
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    I am not sure if I would want to fly on Southwest in the near future if I were on that flight.
     
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    I think they are replacing this B737-SUN with B737-800s...
     

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