* Normal flight schedule for Tuesday
* FAA order expected
ATLANTA, April 5 Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N)
said it was making repairs on five older Boeing (BA.N) 737-300
planes after inspections found fuselage cracks, and added that
flight operations were returning to normal on Tuesday.
The inspections of 79 planes followed an April 1 emergency
landing in Arizona of a jet with a hole in its fuselage.
Flight 812 was heading from Phoenix to Sacramento, California,
when a 5-foot (1.52 meters) tear opened up 20 minutes after
The discount airline canceled more than 650 flights in
recent days as it checked the planes for fuselage cracks and
"We're operating on a full schedule today," spokeswoman
Whitney Eichinger said on Tuesday.
The U.S. government will order emergency checks of some
737s for the kind of fatigue cracks that prompted the Southwest
grounding. The Federal Aviation Administration directive on
737-300, 400 and 500 fuselage inspections, expected on Tuesday,
will apply to the most frequently flown models.
It involves a time consuming and repetitive electromagnetic
check not previously required for the area of the plane in
Southwest shares were off a penny at $12.45 in morning
trading, and Boeing was off 18 cents, or 0.2 percent, at
(Reporting by Karen Jacobs, editing by Maureen Bavdek)