Southwest grounds planes for emergency inspections

On Saturday Southwest Airlines grounded 79 airplanes after a hole tore in the fuelsage of a plane and resulted in depressurizing the cabin.
After the incident Southwest went on to cancel about 300 flights on Saturday because of the inspections needed to be done on the planes reported the New York Times. The company will be looking for the same kind of skin fatigue in the aircrafts.
The 5 feet long and 1 foot wide tear happened to a 15-year-old Boeing 737-300 as it was flying at 35,000 feet as it made its way from Sacramento to Phoenix Friday afternoon reported the NY Times. The rupture was like an explosion and afterwards the plane's oxygen masks were released while the pilot descended to make an emergency landing at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station in Arizona.
None of the 118 passengers were injured and once the plane landed all of them decided to continue to their destination on a replacement jet reported the NY Times.
According to the Los Angeles Times the Federal Aviation Administration implemented new rules this year that required additional structural inspections of Boeing 757 and 737 aircrafts and Southwest had requested more time to complete before being rejected.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are still trying to determine what caused the rupture on Flight 812 reported the LA Times.

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