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Southwest cancels flights due to engine inspections

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Cropped Photo: James Wang / CC BY 2.0
Published: Apr. 22, 2018 at 3:43 PM CDT
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If you're flying Southwest Sunday, you might want to check your flight status.

The airline announced Sunday that 40 flights are cancelled as crews conduct "accelerated" fan-blade inspections. This comes after a deadly incident on a flight earlier this week.

According to a statement released, the cancellations only make up one percent of Southwest's nearly 4,000 flights Sunday.

FlightAware.com shows more than 500 Southwest flights delayed Sunday. It is unclear how many of those delays were due to engine inspections.

"We have minimized flight disruptions this past week through actions such as proactive aircraft routings to cover open trips and utilizing spare aircraft, when available," the Southwest statement said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also requiring inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines, the type involved in the Southwest flight Tuesday.

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