An engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight has left one dead as confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt. According to The Washington Post, on Tuesday a woman died on a Southwest Airlines flight after a Boeing 737 engine failure occurred. The explosion caused a passenger’s window to shatter during the emergency landing in Philadelphia. At this time there are no other deaths reported. Flight 1380 had taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when the Boeing 737-700 experienced an apparent “in-flight engine failure of the left engine” on its way to Dallas’ Love Field, Sumwalt said. Sumwalt stopped short of describing that failure as “uncontained,” saying investigators need to examine what’s left of the engine when they get to Philadelphia. Uncontained engine failure, in which pieces exit an engine, is more serious than “contained” failure, when a component separates but remains inside the engine or exits via the tailpipe. The board sees “about three or four [uncontained failures] a year,” not all of which involve U.S. airlines, he said.
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Plane Crash Statistics
According to the Aircraft Crashes Record Office, more than 200 people have died in aviation accidents every year since 2000, not including helicopter crashes.
Causes of Plane Crashes
The causes of airplane crashes are similar to the causes of helicopter crashes, and include:
- Pilot Error
- Mechanical Failure
- Bad Weather
- Other Human Error
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Every plane and helicopter crash is preventable. As a result, if you or a family member has been involved in an aviation accident, you most likely are entitled to assert a legal claim for compensation.
It is important to understand, however, that plane and helicopter crash lawsuits are usually complicated, and the companies responsible will hire armies of lawyers in an effort to minimize the compensation paid to injured persons and their families.