March 11th, 2014
Southwest Airlines forbids pilots from using short runway at Birmingham airport
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --
At least one other airline has discontinued use of the shorter of two runways at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport since last summer's crash of a UPS cargo plane on approach to the airport.
Southwest Airlines pilots no longer use Runway 18 to approach the airport, airline spokeswoman Jenna Williamson said.
The decision was made several months ago after UPS Flight 1354 crashed and was related to Southwest pilots receiving alerts from their aircraft as they approached the airport.
The restriction is noted on pilots' approach charts for Birmingham's airport, Williamson said. Before, Southwest had used both runways though the longer one, Runway 6/24, was considered the primary runway.