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Southwest Airlines jet catches fire after landing in Houston

Old 13th May 2009, 03:05
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Southwest Airlines jet catches fire after landing in Houston

Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com
A Southwest Airlines plane at Houston's Hobby Airport caught on fire after landing, forcing passengers to evacuate.
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Video of the landing here: abc13.com: Houston News | Houston Weather, Traffic and Sports

As SLF I cant really comment but looks like a tyre failure resulted in an undercarraige fire - dealt with by emergency services whilst evacuation from the plane via slides.

Apparently flight 519 from new orleans to houston.
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Old 13th May 2009, 03:50
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Spot the stupid women with their carry on bags.

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Wow, great video, it appeared to be somewhat preplanned from the camera shot. Still, that was the longest three minutes watching that wheel burn before the slides popped.

Good job, I had a lot better angle than the pilots on that call!
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Not just the women, how about the guy at end with papers flying out of his briefcase.
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Looks like the action starts here about 15:50 into the recording:

http://archive-server.liveatc.net/kh...2009-0030Z.mp3

Sounds like the tower freq that WN 519 was on is not captured on this recording.
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Fine, some passengers took carry-on out, but why was a fireman the first person to catch passengers coming down the slide?

Isn't breaking ankles a hazard after coming down slides fast? As a SLF, I recall preflight briefings saying a few people (one or two) should assist fellow passengers at the bottom of the slide to speed evacuation.

Or perhaps that was then...
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Still, that was the longest three minutes watching that wheel burn before the slides popped.

I agree, why so long time stand still and no action?
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Interesting to see the passengers go down the slides and start filming with their mobiles... perhaps there's more footage now on youtube!

Nice crowd control by crew and the F/As knee high skirt

Why no sign of the FO Hanging out the window to have a look for signs of smoke or fire?

Looking forward to hearing more..
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Very poor response by the fire services, and why the long long delay evacuating ?


With the fire allowed to burn that long it could easily have got to the fuel tanks, shades of the China Air 737 in Taiwan..
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wow good video. I too bit my finger nails whilst waiting for something to happen after the aircraft stopped. I thought the video was looping back but it wasn't.

Maybe a bit slow to initiate the evac BUT at the end of the day all pob got out ok, so that's all that really matters.
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looks to me like a perfect evacuation(at least from crew side, agree that pax should leave theire crap behind)

it's nothing you would want to rush so time wise from full stop until he stows the ground spoilers indicating they have made up there mind to evacuate seems very reasonable.
Not the easiest thing to evaluate since they have no flightdeck indications of fire and you know that evacuating meens a high risk of personal injury.

to the crew!!

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The so called "delay" doesn't seem that bad? Presumably there is a decision to be made and communicated once the aircraft has come to a halt safely and you don't want to evac passengers into running engines etc.
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good call - LH exits etc

I agree, it seemed an AGE before any fire crew arrived on scene, however I was VERY pleased to see common sense prevailed & they exited the safe side of the a/c & presumably after No 1 eng' had spooled down, good job by everyone as all safe & sound by the looks of things
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Extinguisher

Looks like they used water to put out the fire - I thought that this was a no no with brake fires - can explode with thermal shock?
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"and you don't want to evac passengers into running engines etc."

After the view of a container in an engine earlier in the week, the mind boggles at the carnage of an early evacuation of SLF (or SSF - self slicing freight )
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@silverelise

Fully agree with your post.

That's the way we are trained.
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Just proves that people don't listen to the safety briefs, the guy with the papers blowing in the wind actually threw his bag down the slide first then went chasing his documents!

On a flight last week (BMI Baby), A pax sat near me was talking on his mobile whilst the safety demo was taking place, the steward giving the demo never said a word to him during or after the demo finished, this guy was also sat in an exit row.

Although all turned out well in this incident, if there had been a wing fuel leak in the vicinity I think that the 3 minute delay in getting the rescue services to the aircraft could possibly have resulted in a more horrific outcome, hopefully much can be learned from that video.
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Why was this being filmed in the first place? Did the news helicopter have a heads up that something was wrong? If so why wasn't this communicated to the airfield so the fire brigade would be ready?

Or in America do the news stations systematically film every landing on the off chance they can 'luck-out' with a crash / fire / disaster?
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that is always my biggest worry on a flight. All this luggage in the bins. People do not care about others and will do everything to get it out of a plane when there is an emergency. To my opinion they should take legal action on those people who take luggage with them after an emergency situation. my 5 cents to it.
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