Airline Grounds 79 Planes After Hole In Fuselage

April 3, 2011 by staff 

Airline Grounds 79 Planes After Hole In Fuselage, The U.S. carrier said engineers were “seeking the same type of aircraft skin fatigue” in in the coming days.

About 300 flights were canceled as a result of inspections. Southwest Flight 812 from Phoenix to Sacramento, California, with 118 passengers aboard, landed safely at a military base in Arizona on Friday. No passengers were reported injured, although the sudden drop in cabin pressure. The airline said a flight attendant was slightly injured. Southwest Airlines grounded dozens of planes and canceled 300 flights yesterday after a three-foot hole ripped in the fuselage of a Boeing headed from Phoenix, AZ to Sacramento, CA. The hole, which was on the roof of the cabin, caused a decrease in pressure in the plane, and a flight attendant and passenger fainted while some passengers were awakened by the “sound of gun-like. Southwest said it “decided to keep part of its fleet of Boeing 737 flight-hours to launch an aggressive effort to inspection in collaboration with engineers from Boeing.”

The plane landed at a military base in Yuma, Arizona, after he “made a quick and controlled descent from 36,000 feet to, 000 feet altitude.” No one was injured, as well as the operator of passenger and flight fainted and hit her head. A passenger, Greg Hansen, told CNN that people cried when he saw the blue sky on the ceiling:

“Most people were just clinging white-knuckled the armrests. The pilots did a great job and were under control, leading to a manageable level,” he said.
But right behind him, Hansen said he could see the jagged edge of the aircraft in which the rivets used to be.
“You can see the insulation and wiring. The ceiling panel was bouncing up and down with the air,” he said.
“It was surreal when you’re riding in a modern aircraft.’re Used to being locked up and not having the window down,” he said.

The FBI suspected terrorist and a former NTSB investigator, told the New York Times that although Southwest has a good record, the company actually used their aircraft, “They hit their planes every day … The skin of the aircraft is like human skin. Any type of drilling is serious. ”

According to the Arizona Republic, “The plane is a -year-old Boeing -300. Southwest operates about of the -300s in its fleet of about 540 aircraft, but replaced the aluminum skin in many of the 300 in recent years, spokeswoman Linda Rutherford said. The 80 airplanes on the ground that they were not replaced the skin, he said. “She said:” Obviously we are dealing with a skin problem, and we believe that these 80 aircraft are covered by a set of (federal safety rules) that candidates for this additional inspection that Boeing is designing for us. ”

As passengers, they will get “a full refund with an apology and back and two free passes for Southwest flights Future

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