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Southwest Airlines Co.

Corporate Information

The carrier has corporate offices in Dallas, Texas and a total of 32,767 or more employees, including 2,986 pilots-in-charge, 2,926 other pilots and 9,780 flight attendants.
Source: FAA Air Operators database, last updated Jan 4, 2010; Regional Airline Association 2009 Annual Report

Safety Record, 2002-2009

Onboard fatalities0
Accidents16
Other reported incidents12
Accidents resulting in serious onboard injury8
Serious accidents per billion passenger miles0.02
Serious accidents are those that resulted in at least one serious onboard injury.
Source: Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of BTS annual traffic statistics, NTSB accident data

June 2009 Traffic Summary

Departures98,761
Passengers10,435,044
Average Seats136.3
Source: Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of Bureau of Transportation Statistics T100 domestic carriers systemwide segment database

Incident/Accident History

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TypeLocationDateFatalitiesSerious injuries
Accident Amarillo, Texas
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May 24, 2003 0 0
Incident Seattle, Wash.
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Feb. 24, 2004 0 0
Accident Beach Haven, N.J.
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April 14, 2004 0 1
Accident Chicago, Ill.
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Dec. 8, 2005 1 1
Accident St. Louis, Mo.
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April 10, 2004 0 1
Accident Liberal, Kan.
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June 4, 2004 0 1
Incident Los Angeles, Calif.
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Aug. 19, 2004 0 0
Accident Phoenix, Ariz.
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Oct. 12, 2005 0 0
Accident Los Angeles, Calif.
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Sept. 13, 2004 0 1
Incident Seattle, Wash.
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Jan. 30, 2005 0 0
Accident Little Rock, Ark.
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April 29, 2005 0 1
Accident Chicago, Ill.
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July 8, 2005 0 0
Accident Phoenix, Ariz.
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Oct. 12, 2005 0 0
Accident Hastings, Neb.
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Sept. 16, 2006 0 1
Accident San Diego, Calif.
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Dec. 26, 2006 0 0
Accident San Diego, Calif.
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Dec. 26, 2006 0 0
Accident La Plata, Md.
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April 25, 2007 0 1
Incident Greenville, Texas
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Nov. 17, 2007 0 0
Incident Las Vegas, Nev.
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Feb. 24, 2008 0 0
Incident Dallas, Texas
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March 1, 2008 0 0
Incident Dallas, Texas
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March 1, 2008 0 0
Accident Valdosta, Ga.
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Feb. 22, 2008 0 1
Incident Salt Lake City, Utah
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Nov. 7, 2008 0 0
Incident Chicago, Ill.
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Oct. 1, 2008 0 0
Incident Houston, Texas
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May 12, 2009 0 0
Incident Cleveland, Ohio
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June 3, 2009 0 0
Accident Charleston, W.Va.
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July 13, 2009 0 0
Incident Los Angeles, Calif.
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Sept. 8, 2009 0 0
Source: National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010