Engine failure at 30,000 feet forced the emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines jet on Tuesday, leading to the death of one passenger and injuries to seven others. The fatality was the first aboard a U.S. flight since 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is a Southwest hub — the airline is responsible for about 70 percent of the flights to and from the airport — and all its planes are 737s, most with the same kind of engine that failed.
If you’re flying Southwest, here’s what you need to know:
1. What happened? (And what’s “metal fatigue”?)
The engine failed...
This is a view of a Southwest Airlines jet from the newly renovated BWI Observation Gallery.