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More than a dozen Southwest Airlines flights at LAX canceled

April 2, 2011 | 12:47 pm

At least 13 Southwest Airlines flights were canceled at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday as the airlines grounded 79 of its aircraft after a harrowing "depressurization event" Friday.

The LAX cancellations included flights to Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, Tuscon and Albuquerque and Las Vegas.

Photos: Hole opens up in plane during flight

According to Southwest Airlines, the flights were scratched so that engineers could examine the aircraft on the heels of an emergency landing of a Boeing 737 Friday afternoon. The Phoenix to Sacramento flight carrying 118 passengers was diverted to Yuma, Ariz., Friday after a sudden loss of cabin pressure. Passengers reported hearing a sound similar to an explosion before cabin pressure plummeted, and a ragged hole was found in the fuselage after landing.

In addition to the LAX cancellations, Southwest canceled three flights scheduled for Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and four flights at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. 

According to Southwest Airlines, the passengers on board Flight 812 have received a full refund along with an apology and two complimentary round-trip passes on Southwest for future flights. After the plane landed safely in Yuma, the crew confirmed there was a hole in the top of the aircraft, approximately mid-cabin.

One flight attendant was treated at the scene for a minor injury, as was at least one passenger, according to the airline.

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