Narrative:Southwest flight 2294, a Boeing 737-300 experienced rapid decompression while en route from Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA) to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The crew declared an emergency and landed at Charleston-Yeager Airport, WV (CRW). On examination, a hole measuring approximately 17 inches by 8 inches (43 x 20 cm) was discovered in the top of the fuselage. There were no injuries reported.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fuselage skin failure due to preexisting fatigue at a chemically milled step."
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Follow-up / safety actions
Following the Southwest Airlines (SWA) flight 2294 event, on September 3, 2009, Boeing issued Service Bulletin (SB) 737-53A1301, calling for repetitive external inspections to detect cracks in the fuselage skin along the chemically milled step at stringers S-1 and S-2 right and between BS 827 and BS 847. (The hole from the SWA event was within those boundaries.) If cracks are detected, operators are to contact Boeing for repair instructions.
FAA issued 1 Airworthiness Directive
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Section of fuselage skin on exterior of aircraft
N387SW parked at the gate at Charleston following the emergency
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Distance from Nashville International Airport, TN to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as the crow flies is 937 km (586 miles).