Southwest Airlines says it grounded 41 planes last night in the wake of its recent admission that it had missed required inspections of some planes for structural cracks. Spokeswoman Christi Day says the move resulted in some flights being canceled Wednesday, but she doesn’t have a precise figure.
The move comes as Southwest faces a $10.2 million civil penalty for continuing to fly nearly 50 planes after the airline admitted that it had missed required inspections of the planes.
Southwest also put three employees on leave after being notified of the penalty by the Federal Aviation Administration. – bre
That was back in 2,008. I’m sure they have it sorted out by now.