Fuselage rips open on Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

Southwest Airlines grounded 81 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet after one plane with a gaping hole in the fuselage made an emergency landing at a military base in Arizona on Friday, the company said on Saturday.

Southwest and Boeing engineers will inspect the skin of the aircraft to try to determine the cause, Southwest said in a statement. Passengers heard a loud noise and the hole appeared suddenly at about mid cabin.

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