Southwest Misses Inspections of Planes, Pulls 128 From Service

By Paul Riegler on 25 February 2015
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DSC_0826Southwest Airlines had to cancel 80 flights on Tuesday after the carrier missed inspections on 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft, forcing the airline to pull the planes 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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