Southwest Airlines death leaves Capital Region fliers weary

April 18, 2018 06:30 PM

Southwest Airlines accounts for nearly half of the flights passengers take in and out of Albany International Airport.  A common theme when talking to passengers on Wednesday was that they're nervous, but moving forward with their plans.

This all comes after a passenger was killed when an engine exploded in flight Tuesday on a Southwest Flight from New York to Dallas.

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Many travelers at Albany International Airport say the typical jitters associated with flying are elevated.

Southwest, which flies all Boeing 737s, says as a result of Tuesday’s incident, they will be conducting thorough accelerated inspections of their engines. However, that announcement was little comfort for passengers flying, as their travel plans happen before this can take place.

Southwest says they operate about 4,000 flights a day. The airline says they'll get those inspections done in the next 30 days and say passengers should check their flights to see if any of those impact their schedule.


WNYT Staff

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