Southwest To Pay FAA $7.5M Over Safety Lapses

Law360, New York (March 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Southwest Airlines Co. has agreed to pay a $7.5 million civil penalty for allowing its planes to fly without performing mandatory inspections for fuselage fatigue cracking, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced.

On Monday, the FAA announced the settlement, which is less than the $10.2 million penalty the agency first proposed in March 2008. However, the FAA said, the penalty could double to $15 million if Southwest did not accomplish specific safety improvements outlined in the settlement agreement.

“We're very pleased we've been able to resolve...
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