Law Firm Takes Southwest To Task For GEG Taxiway Excursion | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube




Airborne-Flt Training-06.23.22

Airborne Unlimited-06.24.22

Tue, Jan 29, 2008

Law Firm Takes Southwest To Task For GEG Taxiway Excursion

"Anyone Catch The License Plate On That Ambulance?"

Barely 24 hours after a Southwest Airlines 737 apparently slid off a snow-covered taxiway at Washington's Spokane International Airport, one law firm felt compelled to call attention to what it no doubt hopes potential clients will see as an endemic problem.

As ANN reported Monday, Flight 485 departed a taxiway shortly after landing at GEG Sunday afternoon, apparently due to the snow-slicked pavement caused by nearly two days of constant snowfall. Early reports indicated the plane might have slid off the runway, as it was turning onto the taxiway.

It's worth noting none of the passengers or crew onboard the airliner were injured in the slow-speed incident; and as of Monday evening, the FAA hadn't seen fit to issue a Preliminary Report. One law firm, however, couldn't wait until the facts of the Spokane incident could be analyzed by expert investigators.

"Southwest flight crews have a history of undertaking similarly risky aircraft operations," said a breathless release issued Monday by Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, a law firm with a history of going after the Dallas-based low-cost carrier.

"This is at least the fourth instance where a Southwest jet has overrun a runway or ran off a taxiway in just the past few years," said Kreindler partner Dan Rose, who has and is currently handling cases stemming from two other Southwest runway overruns. "It continues to raise serious safety concerns about Southwest's operations and culture."

According to the law firm, Southwest's "operations and culture" may also point to responsibility for three other runway and/or taxiway excursions, one of them fatal -- the December 8, 2005 overrun at Chicago's Midway Airport, when Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 was landing in a snowstorm and skidded off the runway. The skidding plane exited the airport grounds and impacted a car, killing six-year-old Joshua Woods.

To date, the Midway incident is the carrier's only fatality in its nearly 37-year history.

As ANN reported, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in October 2007 the probable cause of the overrun was the pilot's failure to use available reverse thrust in a timely manner to safely slow or stop the airplane after landing... and recommended all airlines review new procedures for bringing aircraft to a safe stop on slick runways. 

"Similar weather conditions to the ones in Spokane prevailed at time of [the Midway] incident," according to the law firm... despite the fact shortly after the incident Sunday, GEG spokesman Todd Woodard pointedly noted "we don't have any ice on the runway; we were pretty vigilant about that."

The law firm also notes two other incidents in which Southwest jets left the runway on landing -- one in Amarillo, TX in May 2003, and the infamous runway overrun in Burbank, CA in March 2000 (shown below.)

"When are they going to learn?" asks Jim Chalupsky, who the law firm states is a "survivor" of the Chicago Midway accident (one of 103) and current Kreindler & Kreindler LLP client.

One could ask the same question of this apparent rush to judgment... at least until an official investigation weighs in on the cause of the incident at Spokane International.



More News

Airborne-Flight Training 06.23.22: Space Training, Piedmont-ALPA, OSH22 PPC

Also: Second Denali, Pilot Frustrations, BMFA Centennial, Opposition to Republic Bid Sierra Space is creating an astronaut training program comprising a commercial human spacefligh>[...]

Airborne 06.22.22: Fire Boss!, BGen McGee Laid To Rest, Buttigieg Threats

Also: Hartzell M20M/TLS/Bravo Prop, Stratolaunch 7th, Radar-Altimeter Concerns, Sierra Space At this year’s Aerial Fire Fighting conference in Nimes, France, Fire Boss LLC si>[...]

Airborne 06.20.22: SMARTWING King Air 350, 'Rise Above' Returns!, 2nd Denali!

Also: ALPA/Delta Letter, Hydrogen-Powered Airship, NJ Airport Improvements, Bahamas Nixes COVID Tests Inflight testing of a Beechcraft King Air 350 fitted with Tamarack Aerospace G>[...]

Airborne 06.24.22: Helicopter SAF, Evergreen 747 4 $ale, Federal Air Marshals

Also: Lunar Fission Reactor, Hawker Hunter Incident, HAV Airlander Airships, Honda and FlightSafety An Airbus H225 has performed the word’s first helicopter flight powered by>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.25.22)

Aero Linx: The Japan Business Aircraft Association (JBAA) The Japan Business Aircraft Association (JBAA) was established in May 1996 as an incorporated nonprofit organization (in A>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2022 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC