What we’re reading: SWA grounds pilots, nurse saves pilot, airline safety improves in 2013


Pilots grounded after landing at wrong airport

The pilots of Southwest flight 4013 have been grounded pending the result of an investigation as to how the plane, scheduled to land at Branson, Mo., landed instead at Taney County Airport, seven miles away.

Southwest spokesman Brandy King said grounding the pilots involved is common while the airline and federal aviation officials investigate.

Both pilots are Southwest veterans. The captain is in his 15th year flying for the carrier. The first officer will mark 13 years in June, the airline said.

Nurse saves pilot: heart attack pilot, heroic nurse​​

A nurse is hailed as a hero after saving the life of a pilot who had a heart attack mid-flight.

[Linda] Alweiss was relaxing with a Sudoku puzzle on a flight home to Southern California from Iowa for the holidays Dec. 30 when the flight crew asked if any passengers could provide medical help.

The registered nurse from Camarillo quickly volunteered.

Airline safety performance continues to soar

Airline safety continues to climb with low fatalities in both 2012 and 2013.

The world’s airlines had one of their safest years on record in 2013. There were 29 airline accidents last year, which, combined, resulted in a record-low 265 fatalities, according to the Aviation Safety Network, a private research group in the Netherlands. That’s out of about 31 million commercial flights worldwide.

The world’s airlines had a pretty safe year in 2012 as well, with 475 fatalities from 23 airline accidents, including passenger and cargo flights, the research group said.