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milkmania
03-12-2008, 01:49 PM
that's gonna cost somebody!:rolleyes:

Sodar
03-12-2008, 02:24 PM
News story...

Why?

coz
03-12-2008, 02:39 PM
News story...

Why?

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines grounded 41 planes overnight in the wake of its recent admission that it had missed required inspections of some planes for structural cracks.

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The move announced Wednesday comes as Southwest faces a $10.2 million civil penalty for continuing to fly nearly 50 planes after the airline told regulators that it had missed required inspections of the planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which announced the penalty last week, has also come under fire for failing to immediately ground the Southwest jets when it learned they had not been inspected for cracks in the fuselage.

Southwest spokeswoman Christi Day said Wednesday that the move to ground 41 planes resulted in some flights being canceled, although she didn't have a precise figure.

The grounded planes represent about 8 percent of Southwest's fleet. The company said at the end of last year it had 520 Boeing 737 jets. Nearly 200 of them are older models, the Boeing 737-300, that were supposed to undergo extra inspections for cracks in the fuselage.

Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly had said Tuesday he was concerned by findings from an internal investigation into the missed inspections. He announced that the Dallas-based company had placed three employees on paid leave while it investigated the situation.

Acting FAA Administrator Robert A. Sturgell called the events "a twofold breakdown in the aviation system" first, Southwest's failure to properly inspect its planes; and the FAA's failure to ground the jets as "at least one FAA inspector looked the other way."

The $10.2 million penalty is the largest the FAA has ever imposed on a carrier. Southwest has said it will appeal.
:D

flipper
03-12-2008, 03:23 PM
That's gonna put a dent in the pocket book for sure.

wakeX2wake
03-12-2008, 03:34 PM
i'm glad they did that before my g/f got on one to chi-town this morning... (i think she's flying southwest... either way somebody's g/f was on/could have been on those planes)

bcampbe7
03-12-2008, 04:02 PM
Hmmm... How will this affect passengers, let's say, next week?
My mom is suppose to fly Southwest from Chicago to Nashville next Tuesday. :confused:

LKNMC
03-12-2008, 06:16 PM
wow that will sure cost them

drbesvold1
03-12-2008, 07:33 PM
Hmmm... How will this affect passengers, let's say, next week?
My mom is suppose to fly Southwest from Chicago to Nashville next Tuesday. :confused: theres always northwest airlines where she would make nashville out of msp airport

H20BOY
03-13-2008, 06:02 PM
Even with this they are still the best airline company out there.

Yellow X9
03-13-2008, 06:28 PM
[QUOTE=bcampbe7]Hmmm... How will this affect passengers, let's say, next week?


Just like the price of gas, you'll pay it and continue on with life

2RLAKE
03-13-2008, 08:22 PM
they should be back to normal by then but I'd verify for another week before heading to the airport.