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[UPDATE] Hole Found in Plane That Took Off From Miami

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] 10-29 11:18am --

MIAMI (AP) --

One man says passengers cried and were hysterical
when an airliner's cabin depressurized shortly after takeoff from
Miami.

It happened Tuesday night, October 26 and was caused by a 1-foot-by-2-foot hole that's now been found in the fuselage of American Airlines
Flight 1640. The Boeing 757 carrying 154 passengers and six crew
members was headed to Boston.

The hole was found in the upper part of the fuselage near a
cabin door toward the front of the plane. A Federal Aviation
Administration spokeswoman says oxygen masks were deployed.

Passenger Edward Croce said that the plane descended "really fast, really loud."

American Airlines says the crew declared an emergency and
returned safely to Miami. There were no injuries. The airline has
assigned a team of engineers to inspect the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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MIAMI (AP) --

Authorities say a 1-foot-by-2-foot hole was found in the fuselage of a commercial airliner that suddenly lost cabin pressure shortly after taking off from Miami.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says
oxygen masks were deployed when American Airlines Flight 1640 lost
cabin pressure about 30 minutes into its flight late Tuesday, October 25. The Boeing 757 had left Miami for Boston. The plane returned safely to Miami.

Bergen says an inspection revealed a hole in the upper part of
the fuselage just behind a cabin door toward the front of the
plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Messages left early Friday for an American Airlines spokeswoman
and an NTSB spokesman were not immediately returned.


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