04 Apr '11, 12am

Southwest Airlines says cracks were found in 2 more of its planes, following a mid-air depressurisation incident

Southwest Airlines says cracks were found in 2 more of its planes, following a mid-air depressurisation incident

Two members of the National Transporation and Safety Board investigating the emergency landing of Southwest Airlines flight 812, carry a portion of the plane's fuselage to a waiting vehicle. -- PHOTO: AP YUMA (Arizona) - SOUTHWEST Airlines says inspectors have found cracks similar to those that caused an airplane to lose pressure and make an emergency landing have been found in two more of its planes. Southwest says in a statement on Sunday that small, subsurface cracks were found in the two planes. The airline says inspectors will evaluate further and more repairs will be performed before the planes are returned to service. A flight carrying 118 people rapidly lost cabin pressure after the plane's fuselage ruptured - causing a 1.5-metre-long tear - just after takeoff from Phoenix on Friday. Pilots made a controlled descent from 10,485m into Yuma, Arizona. No was injured. ...

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