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  • A cellphone photo provided by passenger Joshua Hardwicke shows an apparent hole in the cabin of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 373-300 on Friday, April 1, 2011, as it makes an emergency decent into Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Joshua Hardwicke)

    NTSB: Southwest jet had pre-existing fatigue

    Federal records show that cracks were found and repaired a year ago in the frame of the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 that made an emergency landing at an Arizona military base after a hole was torn from the passenger cabin.


  • This photo provided by passenger Christine Ziegler shows an apparent hole in the cabin on a Southwest Airlines aircraft Friday, April 1, 2011, in Yuma, Ariz. Authorities say the flight from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., was diverted to Yuma due to rapid decompression in the plane. (AP photo/Christine Ziegler)

    Fuselage hole forces Southwest emergency landing

    A "gunshot-like sound" woke Brenda Reese as her Southwest Airlines flight cruised at 36,000 feet. Looking up, she could see the sky through a hole torn in the cabin roof.


  • **FILE** Rep. John L. Mica

    House OKs aviation bill despite Democratic flak

    The House passed a sweeping overhaul of aviation regulations Friday, pushing aside Democratic complaints that the bill doesn't do enough to protect airline passengers or keep tired pilots from flying.


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    Aviation safety bill runs into head wind

    A move by some House Republicans to alter the way rail and airline workers organize could threaten a comprehensive aviation safety bill, continuing the GOP's push back at collective bargaining rights.


  • Clouds gather over the control tower at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington. (Getty Images file)

    FAA chief suspends dozing controller

    The nation's top aviation official on Thursday said he had suspended a control tower supervisor while investigating why no controller was available to aid two planes landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport early Wednesday morning.


  • **FILE** Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican (Associated Press)

    Senate lets TSA hold vote on union

    Airport security screeners pushing for full union rights cleared a significant hurdle Tuesday as the Senate rejected a Republican-authored proposal that would have barred them from collective bargaining.


  • Travelers walk through the terminal at Washington's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, as they holiday travel season began. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    National Airport limits debate pits East vs. West

    The Senate debate to ease decades-old restrictions on long-haul flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has divided lawmakers along geographical lines instead of the usual party ones.


  • **FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (The Washington Times)

    GOP senators force vote on health law repeal

    Senate Republicans have forced a vote on repealing the health care reform law, an action Democrats say is a waste of time that will end in defeat.


  • ** FILE ** The U.S. Capitol in Washington

    Capitol evacuated after plane loses radio contact

    A passenger plane briefly lost radio contact with air traffic controllers when the pilot turned to the wrong frequency as he approached Washington, leading to the scrambling of fighter jets and the evacuation of the U.S. Capitol, federal officials said Saturday.


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