Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality
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Southwest CEO Gary Kelly speaks to reporters Tuesday about the in-flight engine explosion that killed one passenger. The death broke a nine-year span during which no passenger died as a result of an accident on a U.S. airline. Sergio Flores / Bloomberg
Skift Take: Air travel in the U.S. has had a remarkable safety record in recent years. But there is clearly room for improvement. While the type of engine failure that killed a Southwest passenger is rare, a thorough investigation — followed by action — is essential to prevent it from happening again.