4/6/2011

Southwest Airlines removed two more jets from service on Tuesday after discovering "minor subsurface cracking" that could weaken the metal skin of the Boeing 737-300s. Southwest examined all of its older 737s after a five-foot section of fuselage opened up during a flight on Friday. A total of five jets have been grounded pending repair recommendations from Boeing. NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman said she was "very pleased" with Southwest's quick response to the incident.

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