'Relatively minor' BWI disruptions as Southwest grounds planes

300 flights canceled across the country, no numbers released on local cancelations

April 02, 2011|By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun

Travel from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was only slightly affected Saturday after Southwest canceled 300 flights nationwide following a depressurization incident in one of its planes.

The incident happened on Friday as a plane traveling from Phoenix to Sacramento lost pressure. The plane diverted to Yuma, Ariz.. where a flight attendant and one passenger were treated for minor injuries, according to Southwest.

Southwest canceled 300 flights nationwide Saturday as engineers from Boeing and safety officials examined the Boeing 737 and the 79 like it in the company's fleet.

Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean, reached Saturday afternoon, called the flight cancelations a "relatively minor" incident for the airport. He would not provide a specific number of flights that were cancelled at the airport, and referred questions to the airline.

Southwest officials also declined to provide the number.

jill.rosen@baltsun.com

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