Southwest Airlines orders check on all Boeing 737s - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Southwest Airlines orders check on all Boeing 737s

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Southwest Airlines is inspecting nearly 200 of its aircraft overnight after a hole the fuselage of a plane forced an emergency landing in West Virginia.

Charleston, W.Va., airport spokesman Brian Belcher says passengers on the 737 aircraft could see the outside through the 1' x 1' hole in the rear of the plane. The cabin lost pressure, but no one was injured. The plane, which originated in Nashville and was headed to Baltimore, landed safely in Charleston Monday evening.

It's not clear what caused the damage. Southwest Airlines Co. spokeswoman Marilee McInnis says the company inspecting all of its 737-300s overnight as a precaution.

Service Tuesday shouldn't be affected. The 137-seater makes up about a third of the carrier's fleet of 544 jets.

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