The FAA has proposed a $325,000 civil penalty against Southwest Airlines for allegedly operating a 737 that was not in compliance with its regulations.
The FAA alleges that during an ageing aircraft inspection carried out at a maintenance facility in El Salvador on July 9, it found that Southwest improperly recorded a temporary repair to a crease in the aluminum skin of the jetliner’s rear cargo door as a permanent repair.
The inspector discovered that the fuselage damage had first been reported in Southwest’s maintenance records on May 2, 2002, which is when the airline made the temporary repair.
Fort Worth-based Southwest was required to inspect the temporary repair every 4,000 flights and complete a permanent repair within 24,000 flights, but the FAA alleges the airline operated the aircraft on 24,831 flights without performing the periodic inspections required for the temporary repair.
In response, Southwest has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.c