FAA Sues Southwest Over 737 Repairs

The FAA has launched legal proceedings against Southwest Airlines over maintenance work carried out on its fleet of 737 aircraft in 2006.

The FAA has launched legal proceedings against Southwest Airlines over maintenance work carried out on its fleet of 737 aircraft in 2006.

In July the US regulator proposed that the carrier should pay $12m in civil penalties for three breaches of regulation, including two cases relating to repairs to the fuselage skins of 44 737s.

The regulator alleged that subcontracted MRO firm Aviation Technical Services did not follow certified procedures while undertaking the alterations and that Southwest had failed to properly oversee the firm.

However, the carrier refutes the FAA’s claims and has decided to contest the proposed fines in court. 

 

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