Southwest Airlines is facing a $12-million fine after air safety regulators said the airline didn’t comply with maintenance regulations on its Boeing 737 jetliner fleet.
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing the civil penalty against Southwest. It would be the second-largest fine in FAA history.
Since 2006, the agency said in a statement, the airline and its contractor, Aviation Technical Services based in Everett, Wash., have broken rules related to maintenance work while conducting an “extreme makeover” on the aluminum skins of some planes. Two of the planes with known maintenance problems were used for more than 20 passenger flights before the issues were fixed, the agency said.
The agency says that Southwest and its contractor were doing the work on the fuselage skins of 44 airplanes to prevent them from cracking.
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