Southwest Flight from Oakland Diverted to LAX

Another safety concern for Southwest flight

By Michael L. Kaufman
|  Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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Southwest Flight from Oakland Diverted to LAX

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Southwest airplanes are seen on the tarmac.

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A Southwest Airlines flight carrying 142 people from Oakland to San Diego Sunday was diverted to LAX  after the crew reported mechanical problems, according to an LAX spokesperson.

The pilot contacted the LAX control tower around 8 p.m., and the plane landed safely at LAX Terminal 1 at 8:11 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Flight 1588's crew reported an "electrical smell" aboard the plane, a Southwest spokeswoman said.

This comes after investigators Sunday found subsurface cracks in three more more Southwest planes in addition to the one that made an emergency landing in Yuma, Ariz. on Friday, according to the NTSB. Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said the problem was "totally unrelated" to that problem.

Over the weekend, Southwest took 79 of its Boeing 737 jets out of service and cancelled 300 flights, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

On Monday, Southwest plans to cancel 100 flights as inspections continue, according to a statement on the company's web site. Customers scheduled to fly on Monday are encouraged to contact Soutwest before heading to the airport.

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