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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SWA Engine Failure

Never Expected 

From CNN

Pilots train for engine failures. We train for rapid depressurization. But do we train for the combination of both? Hopefully airlines worldwide will work this scenario into the next training program. 

Huge accolades to the pilots for bringing this aircraft to safety. The reason that we need pilots. The reason we need exceptional training. 

Prayers to the loss of a passenger, 
and to her family. 

Lessons Learned: 

Oxygen masks need to go over 
your mouth and nose. 

Ladies and gentlemen please watch your safety videos, you never know when they will come in necessary. Safety briefings are provided for a reason. 

This mask issue reminded me about the Allegiant 60 Minutes show where the comment was made during the smoke in the cabin.... 

"They didn't give us oxygen masks." 

If there is smoke in the cabin, you do not want oxygen masks. Oxygen masks to do not provide pure oxygen, but mixed with cabin air.  Therefore you would be breathing smoke through the mask. Also, if there is a fire, you do not want to feed the fire with oxygen. 

Equipment Breaks...
will you be ready?

This is a perfect example that equipment breaks 
and the reason we need pilots. 

This is also the reason pilot training 
is so important!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 


  1. Huge kudos to that flight deck crew!! And - as you say - safety briefings in the cabin are there for a reason - LISTEN to them!!!!

  2. Reinforces the need for 2 pilots. One to fly the plane, the other working the radios, running the checklists, arranging for ambulance to meet the flight, talking to the lead FA. In an emergency, two heads are needed to split the load. Hope everyone remembers this the next time some wing-nut fruit-loop aviation "expert" suggests a single-pilot cockpit for passenger flights.

    1. JR... Yes, there is no replacing the human element!!

  3. I was at Comair (Delta Connection) years ago. Maybe things have changed but we absolutely trained for multiple failures under AQP. We were not “tested” under conditions of multiple failures for jeopardy events but we certainly ran profiles in the LOFT portion of training. The knowledge I carry from that experience is how to best prioritize the criticality of failures. If this has changed (I took early retirement); that’s a huge loss

    1. Eric, Congratulations on your retirement. There has been much that has been changed in training. The interesting thing is that rapid depressurization is normally only an initial training event. So, if you stay on the same aircraft for 20 years, that might be how long you go before seeing it again. However, I suspect there might be some progressive training departments out there that will use this event in their next recurrent. Thanks for your comment! I hope you're enjoying your retirement.


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