Southwest Sends $5,000 Cheques To Passengers On Accident Flight
WASHINGTON: Southwest Airlines Co confirmed Friday it has sent $5,000 cheques to passengers aboard a flight that made an emergency landing this week after an engine failed, killing a passenger.
The airline confirmed news reports from passengers it had sent the cheques along with $1,000 travel vouchers. “We can confirm the communication and gesture are authentic and heartfelt,” the company said in a brief statement on Friday.
The CFM56 jet engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board. The engine debris shattered a window on the Boeing 737 plane, killing a passenger – the first death in a US airline accident since 2009. The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
The Federal Aviation Administration said late on Wednesday it was working to quickly finalise an airworthiness directive within the next two weeks that had been proposed in August 2017 after a similar engine failure in a Southwest plane in 2016, which it said would apply to 220 engines.
Southwest said after the incident that it was accelerating its existing engine inspection programme “out of an abundance of caution” and expected to complete it over the next 30 days.