A Third of Southwest's Fleet Investigated After Emergency Landing

Southwest Airlines is now investigating all of its Boeing 737-300 jets after a hole in the fuselage of one of its planes forced a pilot to make an emergency landing yesterday afternoon.

The plane, headed for Baltimore from Nashville, made an emergency landing in Charleston, West Virginia at 4:30 p.m. last night after a hole opened up in the fuselage, causing the cabin to depressurize. None of the 126 passengers or five crew members were injured.

Boeing 737-300 jets make up about one third of Southwest's fleet. No problems were found after the resulting inspection of about 180 planes.

A Southwest spokesperson has said that the airline will be working with the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the cause of the hole. 
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