Southwest Patches Plane's 5-Foot Hole

By Bob Christie
|  Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011  |  Updated 5:38 PM CDT
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FAA Calls for Electromagnetic Inspections of 737s

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A photo provided by a passenger shows the hole that opened in the cabin mid-flight on a Southwest Airlines aircraft last week.

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2009 Inspections Wouldn't Have Caught Most Recent Rupture

Aviation attorney says inspections after a fuselage hole in 2009 would not have prevented a 5-foot hole opening in a jet on Friday.

FAA Calls for Electromagnetic Inspections of 737s

This directive impacts about 80 U.S. aircraft, most of which are operated by Southwest Airlines.
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Southwest Airlines is patching a large hole in a Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in southwestern Arizona last week, but the company won't say when or if it will be back in service.

Engineers with Boeing are working with the airline on the fix.

Federal investigators cut out a large section of the roof surrounding the 5-foot by 1-foot tear so they can analyze why a rivet line failed.

Teams of Southwest mechanics have placed a large green patch on the plane as it sits on a runway in Yuma. An airport official says she expects the plane to fly out within days.

A hole ripped in the plane last week as it climbed after leaving Phoenix. Inspections on hundreds of older 737s have been ordered.


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