Southwest jet skids off runway in Chicago snow storm: (via CNN) “A Southwest Airlines jet slid off the runway during a heavy snowstorm at Chicago’s Midway Airport and crashed into two vehicles in a nearby intersection, killing a young boy, on Thursday night.”
Observation: (From someone who readers of this blog know flies on Southwest an average of twice weekly.) Tonight’s accident marks a sad milestone in the history of the airline. According to AirSafe.com, a website that compiles such information (although I’m sure they could be wrong), until tonight, “Southwest Airlines had not had any fatal events since it began service in 1971.
It should be noted that tonight’s accident did not include any passenger deaths and, in some ways, it is more like a tragic traffic accident that occurs during inclement weather than a plane crash in which the scope of the tragedy is magnified due to the numbers of fatalities involved. Obviously, that does not lessen the sadness that has touched a family tonight.