FAA Agrees It Must Boost Safety Oversight For Southwest Airlines
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it should have done a better job of ensuring Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) had certified completion of maintenance on 88 used Boeing 737 jets, as noted in a report by the U.S. Transportation Department's Inspector General released on Tuesday.
Budget-friendly Southwest bought the planes in question between 2013 and 2017 from 16 foreign carriers.
The final report, first seen by Reuters, said Southwest operated more than 150,000 flights carrying 17.2 million passengers on the jets without confirmation that required maintenance had been completed.
The report said the FAA has not "effectively overseen Southwest Airlines' systems for managing risks" and...