02 Apr '11, 2am

Hole in aircraft forces landing in US

Hole in aircraft forces landing in US

WASHINGTON: A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Arizona on Friday after a hole blew in the top of the aircraft, according to the airline. Flight 812 declared an emergency "due to loss of pressurisation in the cabin" and landed safely in Yuma, Arizona about 40 minutes after takeoff, Southwest said in a statement. "Upon safely landing in Yuma, the flight crew discovered a hole in the top of the aircraft," the Southwest statement said. None of the 118 passengers was hurt but one flight attendant "received a minor injury upon descent," the airline's statement said. The flight departed from Phoenix, Arizona at about 3:25 pm (1025 GMT) and was bound for Sacramento, California. The plane landed at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station/International Airport at 4:07 pm (1107 GMT), Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. Yuma is 185 miles west of Phoe...

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