The Week in a Minute, 4/19/18

The III’s Michael Barry briefs our membership every week on key insurance related stories. Here are some highlights. 


One passenger was killed, and seven others were injured, after a Southwest Airlines plane engine blew apart about 20 minutes after leaving New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday, April 17.  U.S. commercial airlines had not had an accident which led to a passenger’s death since February 2009.

A winter-like April storm brought to Green Bay, Wisconsin its second-highest snow total ever.  Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois were also hit by heavy snowfall over the past week.

The U.S.’s January 3-5 and March 1-3 snowstorms, as well as the nation’s tornadoes and hail storms of March 18-21, each generated $1 billion-plus in economic losses, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).


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