The highly respected attorneys at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., have a proven track record of success in providing legal representation to people affected by aviation accidents. Having represented plaintiffs in claims against nearly every major US airline that has had a crash, our law firm has the extensive experience and unique, in-depth knowledge of the aviation industry to conduct meticulous investigations and provide aggressive legal representation. Our attorneys are ceaselessly committed to ensuring victims of aviation accidents are properly compensated for the harm done to them, and continue to fight to improve aviation safety.
We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our aviation accident clients in claims against Southwest Airlines and other major carriers.
A Snapshot of Southwest Airlines
Started in 1967 by Herb Kelleher as Air Southwest Co., Southwest Airlines is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is the largest domestic air carrier in the US, based on the US Department of Transportation’s reporting of domestic-originating passengers boarded. In its 2018 annual report, Southwest Airlines reported annual net income of $2.5 billion.
Southwest’s main routes are point-to-point service, in which passengers fly direct nonstop to their destinations. As of December 31, 2017, Southwest had 675 nonstop routes, between 100 destinations in the US and 10 additional countries. During peak travel seasons, Southwest Airlines has more than 4,000 weekday departures. In 2014, Southwest began international service, with flights to Nassau, Bahamas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Aruba. In 2019, it began service to the Hawaiian Islands. In 2018, Southwest began offering cargo service to international destinations.
Southwest’s top 10 airports by departures are Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver, Baltimore, Phoenix, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Oakland. According to the Southwest Airlines annual report, in 2018, the airline carried more than 134 million revenue passengers.
In 2011, Southwest acquired AirTran Airways and by the end of 2014 had fully integrated AirTran. The airline currently does not partner with other carriers.
As of 2019, Southwest Airlines has approximately 59,000 full-time equivalent employees.
Southwest Airlines’ Fleet
Southwest Airlines uses exclusively Boeing 737 aircraft in its fleet of 754 planes:
Boeing 737-700 — 513 in service
Boeing 737-800 — 207 in service
Boeing 737 MAX 8 — 34 in service (grounded following Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes)
Boeing 737 MAX 7 — 30 ordered (grounded following Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes)
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman Represents Flight Attendant Against Southwest Airlines
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and Cronus Law represent Southwest flight attendants Renee Steinaker and David Steinaker in their lawsuit against Southwest Airlines and two of its pilots. The lawsuit alleges Southwest pilots Terry Graham and Ryan Russell set up a hidden camera in the lavatory of a Southwest plane that recorded and streamed video to an iPad mounted to the windshield of the cockpit during a commercial flight.
Renee Steinaker and her husband, David, are both Southwest Airlines flight attendants who have worked at the company for decades. Their lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages against Southwest, Graham, and Russell.
“With my every being — every bit of myself — I knew this was wrong. And I could not let something like this go. I knew it was the right thing to do to report it. I thought I was safely able to report this and that it would be handled.” – Renee Steinaker
Southwest Airlines Crash and Incident History
The following is a list of major Southwest Airlines accidents and in-flight incidents:
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 17, 2018: This was the first time a passenger died on a Southwest Airlines flight due to an in-flight incident. An engine on the plane partially disintegrated, damaging a window and pulling a woman partway out of the airplane, causing critical injuries which led to her death.
Southwest Airlines Flight 3472, Pensacola, Florida, August 27, 2016: The Boeing 737 with 99 passengers and five crew suffered uncontained engine failure minutes after departing from New Orleans to Florida. The flight was diverted to Pensacola International Airport. There were no known physical injuries.
Southwest Airlines Flight 31, Nashville, Tennessee, December 15, 2015: While taxiing to a gate at Nashville International Airport, the 737 exited the taxiway and rolled violently into a ditch. Nine passengers suffered injuries.
Southwest Airlines Flight 345, Queens, New York, July 22, 2013: The Boeing 737, upon landing at LaGuardia Airport, suffered a collapse of the front landing gear when the plane’s nose touched down before the main landing gear did. The plane skidded along the runway and nine people were treated for injuries. An investigation found the incident was caused by pilot error.
Southwest Airlines Flight 812, Yuma, Arizona, April 1, 2011: The 737 aircraft suffered rapid depressurization caused by structural failure, resulting in multiple injuries to some passengers.
Southwest Airlines Flight 2294, Charleston, West Virginia, July 13, 2009: Like flight 812, Flight 2294 suffered rapid depressurization caused by a failure in the fuselage. The 737 aircraft made an emergency landing in Charleston, West Virginia.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1248, Chicago, Illinois, December 8, 2005: While landing in a snowstorm at Chicago-Midway Airport, the airplane skidded off the runway and into highway traffic, killing a six-year-old boy.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1455, Burbank, California, March 5, 2000: The aircraft overran a runway during landing at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena airport, crashed through the runway fences and finally stopped at a gas station on a city street. The NTSB concluded that the incident was caused by the flight crew attempting to land with excessive speed.
Southwest Airlines Accidents and Incidents Handled by Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. has handled cases against many of the largest airlines in the world, including the following Southwest Airlines crashes and incidents:
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Commercial Airline Crashes Case History
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a Southwest plane crash or accident, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced aviation law firm about your case. To learn more about filing a Southwest lawsuit, feel free to contact us online or call 800-827-0087 to speak with an aviation attorney.