The Boeing 757, carrying 154 passenger and six crew members, began to rapidly lose pressure as a result of a 1 foot by 2 foot hole that opened up in the fuselage near the front of the aircraft.
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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the incident, and a team of engineers has been assigned to inspect the plane. Boeing is also working on a service bulletin calling for increased inspection of that area of older 757 models. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that this incident bears some similarity to cracks found in the forward part of the fuselage of a United Airlines Boeing 757 in September.