A captain and first officer prepare the flight deck for departure (Photo: Devin Durant)

A Lesson on the Importance of Crew Resource Management

On Dec. 28, 1978, United flight 173 was approaching Portland after an evening flight from Denver. The Douglas DC-8 was operated by an experienced flight crew with a combined total of over 35,000 flight hours between the three. As the crew lowered the landing gear for their approach, a loud thunk was heard and a shudder was felt throughout the aircraft. The crew requested a holding pattern to diagnosis the issue and prepare for a potential emergency landing. The aircraft…

Southwest Airlines Announces Routes to Start in April

Friday, Southwest Airlines announced in a press release the addition of 10 new nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field. Beginning April 8, 2015, travelers through Dallas will have access to 43 destinations. "With these new flights, Southwest is offering more of the low-fare nonstop travel our Dallas Customers want, at…