Hearings Into Midway Accident Wrap Up

June 21, 2006

Hearings concluded today into the December accident of a Southwest Airlines plane at Midway.

But the investigation into landing procedures at airports with short runways will continue.

The plane that landed at Midway skidded off the runway onto a nearby street, hitting a car and killing a 6-year-old boy.

Brian Gleason, the Director of Flight Operations at Southwest, testified that more could be done to prevent the accident.

"Under that particular day and that particular scenario, you know, it could've been something as simple as landing with a headwind instead of a tailwind and everything would've been fine," Gleason says.

Another Southwest official says that the company hasn't made any changes to its flight manual since the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board hopes to have a final report on the accident by early 2007.