Southwest Flight 1380 4/19 '18
I've been devouring all of the reports about Southwest 1380 (the plane that lost an engine and had a hole in the fuselage that made an emergency landing in Philly). As an air travel enthusiast and Southwest fan, I am so impressed with how this terrifying scenario was handled.
I just listened to the control tower chatter, and wow... this is what everyone's training is for. (Listen here, if you're interested: https://youtu.be/fASCzgKS0Qg)
That pilot was so calm, professional, and perfect. That first ATC guy (the one you could hear clearly during the first few minutes) was also absolutely fantastic. He's *exactly* the guy I'd want on the other end of the comm channel during an emergency. Great job, everyone. Really.
I am devastated to hear about the one woman's passing, and one is too much, of course; but it's so true that this could have been so much worse.
I wish I knew the name of the ATC guy... I would send him something. For realzies.