AMALH747430 wrote:Flflyer83 wrote:AMALH747430 wrote:https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/faa-did-not-properly-oversee-southwest-airlines-us-watchdog-says-2022-07-27/
Looks like the Office of Special Counsel came down on the FAA for not properly overseeing Southwest and being improperly influenced by Southwest.
Not a good look for Southwest or the FAA. Southwest influenced the FAA to give it a pass/go easy on them regarding serious safety issues. It doesn’t seem like Southwest has learned a thing since the FAA proposed that $10 million dollar fine back in 2008 for failing to inspect planes and flying them around with structural cracks.
This is a rehash of the same exact thing from several years ago and alludes to the same events, this is not some new news.
The article is from July 27 (a week ago) and references an Office of Special Counsel report from April that was just made public. I don’t believe the full details of just how deeply Southwest was trying to influence the FAA on it’s own oversight were previously made public.
Here is a quote from the article:
The report said the FAA mishandled its response to a February 2019 accident caused by pilot error in which both wings were damaged while attempting to land at the Hartford airport. Connecticut as well as a runway overrun incident at Burbank, California airport and an incident where a crew was unable to divert because of low fuel and needed multiple landing attempts at Philadelphia.
In 2020, the FAA said it was seeking to impose a $3.92 million fine on Southwest for alleged weight infractions on 21,505 flights in 2018 on 44 aircraft. The report made public Wednesday said the issue was resolved in 2021, with payment of a $200,000 civil penalty and deferral of the remaining civil penalty based upon corrective actions accomplished by Southwest.
So for Southwest specifically, its not new news. For the FAA? Its new news.