Southwest Airlines: Hole Forces Flight 2294 Emergency Landing
South West Airlines Flight 2294 was forced to make an emergency landing in Charleston, West Virginia after a hole opened in the fuselage. The Boeing 737-300 lost pressure 30 minutes into the flight, and passengers could see through the 1-foot hole on the upper side of the plane's cabin, though nobody was injured.
The plane was scheduled to fly from Nashville, TN to Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI).
Flight 2294, which was carrying 126 passengers and a crew of five, landed at Charleston, W.Va., about 50 minutes after its 4:05 p.m. departure from Nashville.
The company inspected nearly 200 of its Boeing 737-300s overnight as a precaution, said Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Marilee McInniss. The 137-seater makes up about a third of the carrier's fleet of 544 jets.