Over the weekend, Southwest grounded 600 flights across the nation and that included four at Omaha’s Eppley Airport. Southwest is taking the action so that inspections can take place following an incident on Friday. A Southwest flight from Phoenix to Sacramento was 35,000 feet in the air when a piece of the plane ripped off creating a five foot hole. The National Transportation Safety Board said that hole in the roof of the jet was caused by fatigue cracks in the aluminum underskin of the lap joints in the 15 year old plane. Inspections continue today on additional planes in Southwest’s fleet.
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