LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Southwest Airlines says it will have to cancel about 300 flights Saturday as it sidelines some of its older planes for inspection.

The airline is taking about 80 of its Boeing 737s out of service to check for possible “skin” problems after one of its planes lost a piece of its fuselage in the skies over Arizona.

About 40 of the outgoing flights from Southern California airports are affected. By midmorning, about a third from Ontario International were canceled or delayed, according to the airlines’ web site.

It was worse at other airports.

At San Diego International, two flights to Phoenix or San Jose were canceled. Another eight were reported delayed and 15 were listed as on time.

And at Los Angeles International Airport, six flights to Oakland, Phoenix or San Jose were listed as canceled. Another three were reported delayed and 12 were listed as on time.

Similar delays were on the departure boards at John Wayne Airport in Orange County and Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport.

Flight 812 was on its way from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., Friday when a hole opened up in the cabin roof. The plane lost cabin pressure and made an emergency landing at a military base in Yuma, Ariz. No serious injuries were reported.

Southwest says the plane was a 15-year-old 737-300 that had undergone all inspections required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 737-300 is the oldest model in Southwest’s fleet. The airline has about 170 of them, and they’re gradually being retired.

Southwest says it has replaced the aluminum skin on many of its 737-300s in recent years. Those being grounded haven’t had their skin replaced.

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Comments (6)
  1. Teufel Wolf says:

    That had to be an anus puckering adventure….

    1. c says:

      Funny and true…really funny!!!

  2. Sally halder says:

    I just stood in line at Sacramento airport.. Flight cancelled.. No customer service.. When asked why more windows were not open to help the 100 passengers stood in line .. She said coulda woulda shoulda.. This should be southwests new jingle ..

  3. Robert S. says:

    Even in adverse conditions, the 737 is quite safe, compared to some of Boings competition, so people can prety much relax, cause flight crew will take up the “slack”. Maybe a noisey ride down, with a slower airspeed, but everyone will fair in the outcome prety well. No need toi have a fear of flying, as people who fly all the time are well aware of most emercencies in the sky, and know how to handle the problem. Gonna be ok world!

  4. drozone69 says:

    the real problem with the airlines is all the aluminum amd borait chemtrails bieng emmitted into our sky’s by Evergreen world airlines.They are headqaurtered in Arizona.Our once blue skys are riddled with the sprayed solution on a near daily patters.The commercial airlines like southwest are experiencing engine failure due to intaking the chemical while in air and at the highest concentraited levels.We have storys nation and worldwide of animals “Mysteriously Dying” as a direct result of this.Look up people and put 2 and 2 together.

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