As recently as last March, discount carrier Southwest Airlines flew thousands of travelers on airplanes that federal inspectors have labeled “unsafe.”
FAA inspectors presented documents to congressional investigators which claim that Southwest violated mandatory safety checks on at least 117 of their planes. In some cases, the planes flew for 30 months after government inspection deadlines had passed. These planes should have been grounded until the inspections could be completed.
The safety inspections ignored or delayed by the airline were mandated after two fatal crashes and one fatal incident, all involving Boeing’s 737, the only type of airplane Southwest flies. Southwest Airlines has never had a catastrophic crash.
A hearing will be called as soon as possible to find out the carrier’s reasons behind this gross oversight.
Even more than that, the whistle-blowers allege that certain FAA management officials were aware of Southwest’s safety failure but allowed the airline a slower schedule for safety checks. The purported reason for this? They didn’t want to have to cancel flights.
My comment? As if! Flights get cancelled all the time, as you all know. In any case, this matter is certainly being looked into and I will keep all of my readers posted as to future developments.