Holed Southwest Airlines plane makes emergency landing, 79 other planes grounded for inspection (Photo)

By on Apr 3, 2011 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing, after a three-foot long hole in the cabin was developed, as shown in the photo below.

Holed Southwest Airlines plane
Image Credit: Brenda Reese/AP

According to US news sites on Saturday, April 2, 2011, passengers of Southwest Airlines flight 812 from Phoenix, Arizona, to Sacramento, California heard a ‘gunshot-like’ sound from the cabin.

A Southwest Airlines spokesperson told reports that the hole suddenly forced the pilot to descent it from 36,000 feet to 11,000 feet.

The said plane, which left Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport, made an emergency landing at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station in Arizona.

Meanwhile, 81 other planes were grounded and to be inspected after the incident but the airline said later that the quantity was reduced to 79.

“We do not know the cause of the decompression,” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor told reports, noting that no one was seriously injured.

However, a flight attendant apparently was slightly injured when he fell as his oxygen was not able to work properly immediately, while scared passengers have used their oxygen masks quickly as they could.

“It dropped pretty quick,” Brenda Reese was quoted as saying, who is one of the 118 passengers on-board the plane and immediately took photos of the hole using her cell phone and shared it to the media.

“The panel’s not completely off. It’s like ripped down, but you can see completely outside. When you look up through the panel, you can see the sky.” Ms. Reese added, who suddenly got awake from the ‘explosion’.

Meanwhile, the FBI told the reports that the incident is still under thorough investigation although it is unlikely to be an act of terrorist attack.

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