Southwest Airlines: Emergency Landing Raises Safety Inspection Questions

A terrifying situation occurred on Friday, April 1, 2011, when a hole tore open on top of a plane, carrying 118 people. Passengers used oxygen masks, while pilots quickly maneuvered the plane below 10,000 feet. No serious injuries were reported.

The nearly disastrous accident took place on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 in Yuma, Arizona. Mechanics have since placed a large green aluminum patch on the plane to repair the hole. As a response, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order for urgent inspections on similar older-model planes.

Airplanes have a reputation of being safer than other forms of transportation, but aviation accidents do occur, usually due to a mechanical error. The experienced lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C., represent victims who have lost loved ones due to aviation accidents that take place due to a variety of causes, among them, failed parts, mechanical errors or human errors. The lawyers at Pope & Howard have a full understanding of aviation law, and can recommend the best course of action for you and your family.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an aviation accident, please call Pope & Howard, P.C. at 404-885-9999 or visit the website at Tell us about your experience – the initial consultation is free.

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