Thursday, August 31, 2006

This Time--A Mechanical Problem

Passengers had to evacuate a Charlotte to Miami US Airways flight using emergency slides after a fire broke out in the wheel well upon landing. No one was hurt, and there's no word yet on why the fire broke out, but this is a bit unsettling after the Kentucky crash earlier in the week.

Also...we learned today that the air control officer occupying the tower in Lexington had had less than two hours of sleep before going on duty. Which isn't to say that he was overworked. He had been given nine hours off between shifts, but apparently he couldn't sleep--not surprising, considering the off-hours occurred during the afternoon and early evening, when no doubt it was bright and blazing hot. All the reason that a second pair of eyes in the tower might have proved useful, not to mention life-saving.


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