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Offline Omni

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Airline travel
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:22:41 pm »
If you happen to be travelling with Southwest Airlines, I would suggest booking a seat forward of the engines and nowhere near a window.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/02/us/southwest-flight-957-unplanned-landing/index.html

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Offline wilber

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Re: Airline travel
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2018, 08:44:49 pm »
It will be interesting to find out why it failed. Not a big safety issue as both panes are designed to carry the entire pressurization load on their own. Had a cockpit windshield delaminate once between YEG and YVR and of course it was CAT II in YVR. Again, just the outer pane but we did descend to a lower FL to lower the differential.
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Re: Airline travel
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2018, 09:05:12 pm »
It will be interesting to find out why it failed. Not a big safety issue as both panes are designed to carry the entire pressurization load on their own. Had a cockpit windshield delaminate once between YEG and YVR and of course it was CAT II in YVR. Again, just the outer pane but we did descend to a lower FL to lower the differential.

Southwest flies a lot of ageing 737's and on short hauls so the cycles are quite high. Maybe those windows are getting a bit brittle. I hasten to add they have a very high safety ranking.

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Re: Airline travel
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2018, 09:08:06 pm »
Southwest flies a lot of ageing 737's and on short hauls so the cycles are quite high. Maybe those windows are getting a bit brittle. I hasten to add they have a very high safety ranking.

No doubt some of them have more cycles than hours. They are huge outfit and you don't hear of them having many issues. They used to have cool ties to.
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Re: Airline travel
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2018, 09:58:30 pm »
No doubt some of them have more cycles than hours. They are huge outfit and you don't hear of them having many issues. They used to have cool ties to.

Hey you probably recall what can happen when you exceed the cycle life of an airframe. Remember Aloha 243?


https://i0.wp.com/www.wingsnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Pilots-landed-a-ROOFLESS-airplane-Aloha-Airlines-Flight-243.jpg?resize=777%2C437&ssl=1