San Diego flights impacted by Southwest Airlines engine inspections

Posted at 7:26 AM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 13:05:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - At least four Southwest flights with San Diego ties were canceled Monday morning as part of the airline’s massive inspection of its planes’ engines.

As of 7 a.m., two flights scheduled to arrive at Lindbergh Field at 7:10 a.m. -- one from Phoenix, the other from Dallas -- were both canceled.

A departing flight to Dallas at 7:40 a.m. was nixed, and Southwest canceled a flight leaving San Diego for Phoenix at 8:05 a.m.

On Sunday, the airline announced 40 voluntary flight cancellations out of its approximately 4,000 scheduled flights due to the inspections.


The FAA has ordered emergency ultrasound inspections on planes with engines similar to the one that was destroyed last week during a New York-to-Dallas flight. The Flight 1380 incident forced an emergency landing in Philadelphia, and passenger Jennifer Riordan, 43, was killed.

Officials say 352 engines in the U.S. and 681 worldwide will receive ultrasound inspections, specifically focusing on the same type of fan blades that investigators say broke apart during Flight 1380’s journey.

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Southwest officials are urging customers to check their flight status online or at their nearest airports.