2 Apr 2011

Hole in US plane after emergency landing

5:01 pm on 2 April 2011

A United States airline says one of its jets carrying 118 passengers has made an emergency landing in Arizona after a hole was blown in the top of the aircraft.

Southwest Airlines says the crew of Flight 812 declared an emergency "due to loss of pressurisation in the cabin" and landed safely in Yuma about 40 minutes after take-off from Phoenix.

The airline says none of the passengers were hurt but one flight attendant received a minor injury during the descent.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson says the administration does not yet know the cause of the decompression.

He says people on the ground in Yuma are reporting there is a hole in the plane's fuselage.