Southwest Carried Millions Of Passengers On Planes With Unconfirmed Maintenance Logs, Report Claims
FAA oversight of the U.S. carrier was "lax, ineffective and inconsistent,"
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February 2, 2020 - by airlinerwatch.com
Dallas, Texas - U.S. low-cost operator Southwest Airlines transported millions of passengers on aircraft with unconfirmed maintenance records, a draft government report reveals.
The government report was unveiled by the The Wall Street Journal. According to the report this happened over a two-year period.
The Transportation Department report added that in one instance in 2019, the airline smashed two wingtips of a plane on a runway when pilots repeatedly tried to land in high wind, according to the Journal.
The government report, based on an 18-month inquiry, also reportedly criticized the Federal Aviation Authority in Dallas for allowing Southwest to "fly aircraft with unresolved safety concerns."
According to the newspaper, the draft report concluded that FAA oversight of the U.S. carrier was "lax, ineffective and inconsistent," and that the agency's approach helped to "justify continued noncompliance with safety regulations."
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