Airline cancels flights amid inspections

2011-04-04 17:08
Atlanta - Southwest Airlines Co cancelled 70 flights on Monday as it continued to inspect Boeing 737 planes following the emergency landing on Friday of a jet with a hole in its fuselage.

Spokesperson Whitney Eichinger said 70 flights systemwide were cancelled for Monday out of about 3 400 daily flights.

Of 79 older Boeing 737-300 planes that were designated for additional inspections after the Friday incident, 33 had been returned to service, she said.

The discount airline cancelled about 600 flights over the weekend as it checked older 737-300 planes for fuselage cracks and fatigue after one of its planes with a gaping hole made an emergency landing in Arizona.

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