Nick, I consider those more as incidents than a plane crash. In my book, a plane crash is when you leave a hole in the earth or fall short of the runway. Both incidents at MDW and at BUR were they landed on the runway, but they went through the barrier and ended up outside the airport boundaries.
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I'm really shocked at some of the comments here. Much of these comments are based on information that's shoddy at best. I'm very critical of the mass media blowing this out of proportion in the first place and all the facts are not in there.
As someone who tries to stop and take things with a grain of salt, I have to raise my eyebrow first and get al the facts to pass judgement. I think personally Southwest's repuitation speaks for itself. I've been a loyal Southwest Customer for several years now, and I have total confidence in their quality of service, and in their maintenance.
Thus far, in its history, I can only think of two incidents where Southwest has been involved with. There also has been only one fatalty related to their flights. But other than that, to this day, there has not been a single crash, or a single major problem with the airline's planes. Try slapping that label on any other airline.
Everyone here who hasn't stop to even check the FAA policies needs to understand a clear thing. Just because a plane is "unairworthy" does not equate the plane is unsafe. Simply having a blown out lightbulb for your seat reading light or a missing safety placard would mark your plane unairworthy. Some of the most nitpicky things we take forgranted (magazines, safety placards, reading lights, a blown out lightbulb on the emergency floor illumination, etc.) would make a plane unairworthy.
I will continue to take my business to Southwest Airlines, and if possible, increase it. They treat me like I'm in first class, and I must say I will most likely will always choose them over any legacy airline, if and when I can.
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