If you’ve been paying attention to the news you’ve probably seen the story about Southwest Airlines Flight 1380.

For those of you who haven’t heard, there was what appears to be an uncontained engine failure today during a Southwest flight from LaGuardia to Love Field in Dallas.  The engine exploded and shrapnel pierced a window, causing rapid decompression in the passenger compartment.  The flight safely made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport, after which one passenger was taken to the hospital and others were treated for injuries.

UPDATE: One passenger has died.

Stop reading about it for a day or two

There’s a particular element of this story which will have the news media going crazy.  I’m not going to contribute to the speculation.

While it’s tempting to want to read about this stuff, give it a day or two for the facts of what happened to become known.  Right now it seems like everyone is caught up in this certain aspect of the story and the resulting hysteria of reporting news like this, i.e. the rush to be first and not accurate.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected and I think the crew should be commended for safely landing after such an emergency.

More to come after things settle down a bit, stay tuned here.


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