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Crew finds small hole in passenger jet

Mar 29, 2011 10:22:00 AM - thestate.com
A plane at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was grounded Monday and the FBI is investigating after a hole was found in the exterior of a plane.

According to a representative from US Airways, a pilot found the small hole in the fuselage of a Boeing 737 during a pre-flight inspection in Charlotte. The hole was roughly the size of a nickel.

The hole did not go through to the cabin. The airline representative is not sure how the hole got there.

The plane landed in Charlotte from Philadelphia around 4 p.m. Monday without any problems. The plane has been taken out of service as the FBI investigates.

Last October, a larger hole -- measuring about 1 foot wide -- forced an American Airlines jet to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff in Miami. The cabin lost pressure in that incident.