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A Southwest plane that landed in Yuma last week due to structural problems has caused the NTSB to make new requirements for inspecting some Boeing 737 aircraft in the -300, -400 and -500 series. The 15-year-old aircraft, which had logged 39,000 pressurization cycles, a measurement of the number of takeoffs and landings, made an emergency landing after a gaping hole in the fuselage opened above the cabin of the plane approximately 18 and a half minutes after it took off from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The plane was headed to Sacramento, Calif.
Robert Sumwalt, incident spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), updates the media on the progress of the investigation into the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing Friday at the Yuma International Airport.
Photo by Jared Dort/Yuma Sun