Local airport authorities check to make sure their planes are safe

HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - The FAA issued an emergency order requiring inspections of Boeing planes.

They're looking at planes with similar construction to the Southwest Airlines plane that had a five foot tear leading to an emergency landing last week. The order applies to Boeing 737 300's, 400's and 500's.

Nearly all the 80 U.S. registered planes covered in the order have been re-inspected. Seventy-eight are operated by Southwest Airlines. The other two by Alaska Airlines.

A spokesperson for the Tri-State's Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport says their Boeing planes are safe.

Barb Schempf told FOX19 she called local leaders at Delta Airlines to check on their fleet. Schempf said they have all newer model Boeing planes, and are not the ones included in the government mandated inspections.

Southwest has said it has finished their inspections, finding five more planes with similar signs of metal fatigue.

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