Last night my son’s commercial flight had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (Frontier Airlines #1455 LGA-MKE, 11/29/11 6pm). He told me that “an engine blew, the cabin lost pressure, and masks dropped from the overhead compartments”. I called their 800 number for more information about what happened, and was told the flight had been delayed in NY for two hours due to “Mechanical Problems”, and was now in Philadelphia with “Mechanical Problems”.
I would understand if it were a weather delay, as there were intermittent showers here in NYC. I am concerned that a plane was cleared to take off after having “mechanical problems” and then had an emergency due to mechanical failure. The more disturbing thing is that they had that flight officially scheduled to proceed to Milwaukee the same night! I told him not to get on that same plane.
Does there have to be a tragedy for the NTSB to get involved and find out what the heck is going on? My comfort level is not very high right now, so perhaps one of you gurus can clue me in. Thanks.