FAA Levies Fine Over Botched Repairs

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 9:16am

Maintenance contractor accused of lapses that led to hole in roof of Southwest jet.

The Federal Aviation Administration is blaming an airplane maintenance company for serious problems with some Southwest Airlines planes.

The FAA is fining "Aviation Technical Services Incorporated" a million dollars for botching repairs on 44 Southwest jets.

An investigation was launched after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 with 118 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing in Arizona in April after a hole opened in it's roof.

The incident triggered a review of inspections on Southwest Planes.

Flights were canceled and confidence in the airline was temporarily shaken.

The FAA says Aviation Technical Services, which was contracted to do maintenance for Southwest, returned 44 aircraft to service without performing the proper maintenance on the planes' fuselages.

Southwest airlines released a statement saying:

"Southwest has made numerous enhancements to our internal procedures as well as improvements related to oversight of our repair vendors."

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