Southwest Airlines grounds planes over inspection oversight

02/25/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Dallas – Southwest Airlines Co. recently announced that it had grounded several planes due to missed inspections. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the major airline grounded 128 planes that had not had inspections done on their backup hydraulic systems.

A spokesperson for the company stated that the airline notified federal safety administrators immediately after discovering the oversight.

As noted in the report, the ground planes comprise approximately one fifth of the airline’s fleet.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration has stated that the agency was working with Southwest and plane manufacturer Boeing on the evaluation of a plan that would allow the planes to continue to be flown until inspections have been completed.

Southwest Airlines, which is based in Dallas is the fourth largest airline in the U.S.

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