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US FAA.(NORTH AMERICA Report)(Federal Aviation Administration )(Brief article)

US FAA proposed a $10.2 million civil penalty against Southwest Airlines "for operating 46 airplanes without performing mandatory inspections for fuselage fatigue cracking," representing "deliberate violations" of an agency airworthiness directive.

The fine, if it becomes final, would be the largest-ever penalty imposed on an airline for safety violations. FAA said it issued a 2004 AD mandating repetitive external detailed and eddy-current inspections on older 737 models at intervals of no more than 4,500 flight cycles to detect fatigue cracking in areas of the fuselage skin. …

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