On Christmas Eve, 54 passengers and five crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 1544 bound for D.C. from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport skidded off the runway as it was about to take off. Scary, but not life-threatening.
But get this: Last Memorial Day (note: also a holiday), Continental Flight 1544 taking off from George Bush Airport in Houston was nearly hit by a rocket of some sort. The audio from the cockpit has gone missing and the FBI has taken over the investigation from the Dept. of Homeland Security. Coincidence? Short blog item? I think yes. But if you’re heading back this weekend on 1544, consider driving.