Fatigue Crack Blamed for Hole in SWA Jet

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM CDT
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Fatigue Crack Blamed for Hole in SWA Jet

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Southwest Airlines to start service to South Carolina.

A federal review finds that an unanticipated fatigue crack caused a foot-long hole in a Southwest Airlines jet, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Charleston, W.Va.

KTVT on Wednesday cited information from the National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the July 2009 incident in which a hole opened atop the fuselage at the rear of the jet.

The Boeing 737 lost pressure in the cabin, but nobody was hurt in the Nashville-to-Baltimore flight with 131 people on board. KTVT reports that NTSB says a nearly 14-inch-long fatigue crack was then discovered.

Dallas-based Southwest did not immediately return a message Thursday from The Associated Press for comment.

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