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Travel delays continue for Southwest and travelers at Lindbergh Field

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In this photo provided by passenger Christine Ziegler, unidentified passengers take photos with cell phones of an apparent hole in the cabin on a Southwest  Airlines aircraft Friday, April 1, 2011 in Yuma, Ariz. (AP photo/Christine Ziegler) In this photo provided by passenger Christine Ziegler, unidentified passengers take photos with cell phones of an apparent hole in the cabin on a Southwest Airlines aircraft Friday, April 1, 2011 in Yuma, Ariz. (AP photo/Christine Ziegler)
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Southwest Airlines was expected to cancel about 100 flights nationwide Monday as the company dealt with safety concerns and as of Monday morning, about 20 flights in and out of San Diego's Lindbergh Field were among those affected.

As of 7 a.m., 9 departing and 10 arriving Southwest flights were delayed locally. The departing flights were to Albuquerque, Denver, San Jose, Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Sacramento, while the arrivals were coming to San Diego from Las Vegas, San Jose, Oakland, Denver, Austin, Houston and Sacramento.

Southwest's troubles began Friday, when a Boeing 737-300 en route to Sacramento from Phoenix had to make an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona. The plane had just reached cruising altitude when a three-foot section of aluminum peeled away, causing the ceiling to blow upwards. The 118 passengers and five crew members were unhurt with the exception of two minor injuries.

Over the weekend, about 600 flights nationwide were canceled as the airline took its fleet of about 80 Boeing 737-300s out of service for inspections, and cracks were subsequently found in the fuselages of three more planes.

Also, on Sunday night, a Southwest flight that took off from Oakland International Airport en route to San Diego was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport when the crew noticed an electrical smell, Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said.

The flight had 142 people on board, including the crew, Eichinger said.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the smell.

If you're flying Southwest, the airline suggests checking your flight status online, before going to the airport.

This is a story update. The original story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 40 percent of the outgoing Southwest Airlines flights from San Diego International Airport have been cancelled or delayed Saturday, as the airline takes part of its fleet out of service after a plane blew its top and made an emergency landing.

Southwest is grounding 81 of its fleet of Boeing 737 jets. The affected planes are the same version of 737s as the plane that made a successful emergency landing at Yuma, Arizona, after part of its ceiling blew out over the Arizona desert.

At midmorning at San Diego International Airport, two flights to Phoenix or San Jose were cancelled Saturday. Another eight were reported delayed, and 15 were listed as on time.

At midmorning Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport, six flights to Oakland, Phoenix or San Jose were listed as cancelled. Another three were reported delayed, and 12 were listed as on time.

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The plane had just reached cruising altitude when a three-foot-section of aluminum peeled away, causing the ceiling to blow upwards. The pilot landed at Yuma International Airport, which is also a Marine Corps air base.

The 118 passengers and 5 crew members were unhurt with the exception of two minor injuries. But passengers reported being afraid of imminent death as the pilot made an emergency decent and landing at Yuma.

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