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Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing At LAX

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southwest Airlines flight heading to San Diego from Oakland was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night when the crew noticed an electrical smell onboard, Southwest spokesperson Whitney Eichinger said.

KNX 1070’s Aviation Analyst Charles Feldman Reports

The plane, which had 142 people onboard, was a Boeing 737-300, the same model that got a hole in its fuselage during a Southwest flight Friday, she said.

It will be out of service until the cause of the smell is found and repaired, Eichinger said.

The passengers later boarded another flight from LAX to San Diego.

Some 600 Southwest flights were canceled over the weekend as the airline took its fleet of about 80 Boeing 737-300s out of service for inspections, and cracks were subsequently found in the fuselages of three more planes.

About 20 of the planes have passed inspections and put back into service. Southwest canceled 70 flights nationwide Monday, ten of which were at Los Angeles International Airport, as inspections continued on their fleet.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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