Southwest Airlines to cancel more flights Monday
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing in Arizona Friday after a hole opened on top of the aircraft.
April 4th, 2011
02:31 AM ET

Southwest Airlines to cancel more flights Monday

Southwest Airlines expects to cancel about 100 flights from its Monday schedule, the airline said.

A Boeing 737 in the airline's fleet made an emergency landing in Arizona after a hole opened on top of the aircraft during flight Friday.

As a result, the airline is inspecting other planes. It has found "small, subsurface cracks" or indications of cracks in three other aircraft.

It canceled approximately 300 flights on Saturday and 300 flights on Sunday in order to conduct the inspections, Southwest said.

The airline asked customers to check its website before heading to the airport.

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  1. ThomasD

    Yeah, Ive noticed that Jazz. Your confusion 'tween he and I. But really, Phil is far more knowledgable than I on many subjects. He has an incredible degree of wisdom and life experience that I lack. If he says it, I believe it.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    @jazz... Masons are weird people, they think they are Gods, are you a Mason? If so, be careful, there are secret people killing these weirdos, Satan is waiting for them.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. JAZZ

    Just cause he may have a better degree doesn't make you any less. We are all knowledgeable in our own way.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. JAZZ

    My Father is DEAD watch it

    April 4, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. SOFTBALLS

    @ThomasD,
    thanks for the excellent reply! yeah, i share the same concern about the long term reliability.

    i thought i read somewhere that composites are used on some new military jets? which kind of makes sense but there's a big diff. between a military jet carrying two people vs a commercial plane carrying 400 people.

    i get concerned too when the most i hear about the use of composites in commercial aircraft is fuel saving efficiency (ie money savings=more profit). i don't hear a lot about safety or long term reliabilty mentioned.

    science needs to advance but not at the risk of folk's lives. but unfortunately money has the power.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. JAZZ

    @ SOFTBALLS @ Thomas D , Question: what is the most commons material used now or has been used?

    April 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. ThomasD

    The most common materials used, like, ever? Im guessing fiberglass and aluminum. Or variations of them. Oh, and graphite. Lots of that used in interiors.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. JAZZ

    So the weight is the only difference between those mentioned in your post above and the "cheaper" version?

    April 4, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. ThomasD

    Well, I hope so. I hope the strength and reliability are just as good. But again, thats uncharted territory for me.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. JAZZ

    As long as the strengh is equivalent.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. tonie

    Most airlines like(Southwest, ASA,Airtran) and I'm sure their are many others why the don't do their own heavy maintenance checks??!! They are outsourced to MRO(Maintenence Repair & Overhaul). These MRO's centers don't have regular drug testing if any), BACKKGROUND CHECKS nor do the mechanics have to have A & P licences. It's like they are shade tree mechanics for the planes we fly on. Sounds like we need more than travel insurance!

    April 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
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