Damaged Southwest jet repaired, leaves for Texas

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Southwest Airlines jetliner that had a fuselage rupture above Arizona early this month has left the state after being repaired.

Yuma International Airport spokeswoman Gen Grosse says the Boeing 737-300 has been repainted and there is no sign of the 5-foot gash that opened in the plane's roof on April 1.

The aircraft tracking website Flight Aware showed the jetliner headed for Southwest's home base at Love Field in Dallas on Wednesday morning. Southwest did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections of all older model 737-300s, -400s and -500s with at least 30,000 takeoffs and landings. Southwest inspected its 79 737-300s and found five others with the same kind of cracks believed to have caused the problem on Flight 812.