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Southwest cancels Sunday flights for engine inspections

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Southwest Airlines said it canceled about 40 flights on Sunday — 1% of those scheduled — to perform voluntary fan blade inspections in the wake of last week’s deadly engine incident in Philadelphia.

The details: The airline said in a statement that this voluntary move is not in response to an emergency directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday. The company had announced a fan blade inspection program Tuesday to examine engines similar to the one involved in last week's incident.