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Southwest Airlines Grounds Dozens of Planes After Malfunction

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (file)(YUMA, Arizona) -- Southwest Airlines said Saturday that it will ground dozens of its 550 planes to inspect them for metal fatigue.

The airline initially reported the grounding of 81 of its Boeing 737 aircraft, but later decreased the number to 79. This comes after the ceiling of a Southwest Airlines plane out of Phoenix tore open in mid-air Friday, prompting a sudden loss of cabin pressure, a rapid descent and an emergency landing at a military base in Yuma, Arizona.

Southwest Airlines is working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the cause of a sudden drop in cabin pressure that lead to the hole.

"Southwest expects to cancel approximately 300 flights today to accommodate the inspections," the airline said in a statement. "Customers may experience sporadic delays of up to two hours on some flights today. Customers should check the status of their particular flight or rebook their trip on before heading to the airport."

The event comes just days after Southwest was ranked as the No. 2 best business-to-business brand by The Business Journals. The airline earned the ranking mainly because of its ability to lower fares across the board.

The financial and business implications of the incident are not yet clear.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire Linked to Electric Panel Failure

Image Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(EVERETT, Wash.) -- Boeing said Thursday it is still investigating an incident that occurred Monday, which caused one of its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft carriers to perform an emergency landing.

According to the company's statement, an electric panel failed, which led to a fire involving an insulation blanket.

The damage to the panel is so extensive that it has been removed and will be replaced.  However, the surrounding area inspection will take several more days.

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