Southwest Misses Inspections of Planes, Pulls 128 From Service
Southwest failed to perform mandatory rudder tests on the airplanes, and informed the Federal Aviation Administration of this. The airline voluntarily took the affected planes out of service, causing approximately 80 flights to be canceled.
Around 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Southwest announced that it had reached a solution with the FAA, wherein the carrier would be allowed to fly the affected planes for a maximum of five days as inspections were undertaken.
The airline released a statement on Wednesday that said it was “anticipating very minimal impact” to its operations. Southwest operates over 3,400 flights a day.
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