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A Mid-Air Scare

November 15, 2013

A Southwest Airlines flight lost cabin pressurization and went into a nosedive on Tuesday.

As the pilots scrambled to level off the plane, they accidentally broadcast something to the passengers that nobody ever wants to hear on a plane, “We’re going down.”

Reading through several different versions of this story, I found several to be much more compelling than the rest. Most of the stories recount the experience of a passenger on board flight 3426 from Tampa, Fla. to Raleigh, N.C. Both the local ABC affiliate in Raleigh and FOX News did a great job of making this a much more personalized story. They both interviewed a woman who was a first-time flier on that plane and who sent frantic text messages to her daughter saying that she loved her and mentioning what was happening with the plane. Both stories do a great job of making this story hit close to home.

I was a little less impressed with the way CNN and other outlets covered it. While CNN did include a video about the story and showcased the air traffic control conversation between the plane and controllers, and was the only news outlet to do so, the passenger interview is not quite as engaging as the FOX News one, however it still does get the point across about the moments of fright on that flight.

This maps shows the intended route of Southwest Airlines Flight 3426.


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