Southwest Delays, Cancellations Continue Monday

Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 12:37 PM PDT
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Southwest Delays, Cancellations Continue Monday

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Southwest airlines had to disrupt normal operations after a plane sprang a 5-foot hole in the roof shortly after takeoff from Phoenix on Friday.

The cancellations by Southwest Airlines continued to dwindle Monday as it inspected older
 planes for cracks in the fuselage.

Four flights were cancelled out of Oakland, three flights were cancelled out of San Jose and one flight was cancelled out of SFO, according to the airline.

In all, Southwest said it planned to cancel 100 flights nationwide as inspections continue. Customers scheduled to fly on Monday were encouraged to contact Southwest before heading to the airport.

The airline canceled about 600 flights and grounded 79 planes over the weekend after a Boeing 737-300 jet sprang a 5-foot hole in the roof shortly after takeoff from Phoenix on Friday. It was headed to Sacramento, but was forced to make an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona. Southwest said no one was seriously hurt.

Spokeswoman Brandy King told the Associated Press Monday morning that Southwest had inspected 33 similar planes and returned them to service and expected to complete checks on remaining grounded planes by late Tuesday.    

Southwest said three planes had cracks similar to those in the Phoenix jet and would be repaired before they fly again.

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