Southwest responds to Flight 2294 NTSB findings, a Nashville to Baltimore Washington-bound Southwest Airlines flight that diverted and landed safely in Charleston, West Va., with 126 passengers onboard in July 2009.
We are in full compliance with all new Safety regulations developed by Boeing and the FAA and we thank the NTSB for its thorough investigation. We worked closely with investigators throughout this process and we concur with their conclusions. We've taken aggressive measures to incorporate additional maintenance inspections, additive to existing programs, in response to what was learned from flight 2294. Immediately after the accident, we increased our ongoing maintenance inspections in the impacted area to include recurring detailed visual inspections and non-destructive tests (NDT) – with a goal to not only meet but exceed known Safety standards.
At Southwest Airlines, everything is secondary to Safety, which is the core of our operation. Southwest continues to improve its maintenance program for the continued Safety of U.S. air travel and our own excellent Safety record.