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FAA weighing grounding some Southwest jets…

Posted on 01 September 2009

The  FAA’s discovery of a significant maintenance lapse at  Southwest Airlines-unauthorized parts used for up to three years on over 80 planes-presents a vexing policy question for the agency. Should the FAA force the airline to ground the planes to enforce longstanding air-safety rules, even though the violations don’t pose an immediate danger? Taking the jets temporarily out of service would seriously disrupt operations at the largest domestic carrier. Southwest said it is seeking an exemption to continue using the planes. The FAA is trying to work out a compromise by a Tuesday deadline but no agreement was struck over the weekend.

Source: Wall Street Jounal

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