FAA failed to assure safety of Southwest Airlines

Top Stories

(CNN) — A government report says poor FAA oversight allowed Southwest Airlines to put millions of lives at risk.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General conducted an 18-month audit.

It was sparked by a whistleblower complaint about the FAA’s oversight of Southwest and a “number of” operational issues at the airlines including pilot training deficiencies and inaccurate information being provided to pilots prior to flights departing.

The report found Southwest flew 88 planes it bought from a foreign carrier without properly verifying their airworthiness.

The report said those planes flew more than 150-million thousand flights, putting more than 17-million passengers at risk.

Southwest says it’s made significant progress in addressing the issues in the report.

That includes enhancing the integrity of its weight and balance program.

And it says all of those “used” planes have undergone a comprehensive inspection or are currently being inspected.

Copyright 2019 CNN. All rights reserved.

Stay up to date with the latest news and weather by downloading the Arklatexhomepage News App from the App Store or Google Play.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

HURRICANE LAURA: CLICK HERE TO DONATE

More Check This Out
Loving Living Local 600x600

Don't Miss