Southwest Airlines Flew Unsafe Planes


This is the title of a CNN article that says that as of March last year Southwest Airlines flew 117 planes without regular safety checks. If that is right, it is the most serious violation of safetly regulations in the US.

CNN’s article quotes from documents submitted by FAA to  congressional investigators with the recommendation to call a hearing as soon as possible to find out more about the reason of this quite unusual business decision of the airline.

The FAA investigator said the airline’s managers knew the planes were unsafe and unairworthy, but still they kept flying them that way putting passengers’ (and crew’s) lives at risk.

I myself was kind of shocked reading the article and I am wondering what you think about it. If this story is true and one of the oldest and most prestigous low cost airlines did that, that will completely destroy the image of low cost airlines.

Here is the full article.

We’ll follow the story.

By Szafi 

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3 Responses to “Southwest Airlines Flew Unsafe Planes”


  1. 1 wendy March 9, 2008 at 12:37 am

    WEll, they used to be a low cost airline. Now they seem to be acting reckless and greedy; time to find another airline to deliver us safely. They are denying the allegations but is someone actually making this up? I do not want to reward them by giving them my business. It will take me awhile to get unwound from their program but it is going to happen.

  2. 2 szafi March 11, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Some update:
    http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=11986

  3. 3 szafi March 12, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Again an update:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/12/southwest.airlines/index.html


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