Passengers on a flight from Brazil to Houston were hurt after the plane hit severe turbulence Monday. Unbuckled seat belts are a key reason for turbulence-related injuries, say experts.
The emergency landing of Continental Flight 128 in Miami Monday adds urgency to ongoing efforts to better predict turbulence.
In May, the FAA issued regulations requiring far more detailed inspections of Boeing fuselages like the one that developed a hole Monday.
Southwest Airlines has inspected all its 737-300 jets and found no problems. Fuselage damage of the sort that forced Flight 2294 to make an emergency landing Monday is very rare.
With just four companies manufacturing large commercial planes, any accident draws scrutiny to a firm.
Cockpit death of a pilot prompts questions about qualifying medical exams.
There's been a pattern of irregularities linked to the tail fin, but Airbus says it's too soon to know.