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    Default Southwest Airlines Grounds 41 Jets, Faces 10.2 Million Dollar Fine

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    Southwest Airlines Grounds 41 Jets After Missing Required Inspections for Structural Cracks

    Wednesday March 12, 2:43 pm ET
    By David Koenig, AP Business Writer

    DALLAS (AP) Southwest Airlines grounded 41 planes overnight -- about 8 percent of its fleet -- in the wake of its recent admission that it had missed required inspections of some planes for structural cracks.

    Southwest shares fell 4 percent in midday trading.

    The move announced Wednesday comes as Southwest faces a $10.2 million civil penalty for continuing to fly nearly 50 planes after the airline told regulators that it had missed required inspections of the planes.

    The Federal Aviation Administration, which announced the penalty last week, has also come under fire for failing to immediately ground the Southwest jets when it learned they had not been inspected for cracks in the fuselage.

    Southwest spokeswoman Christi Day said Wednesday that the move to ground 41 planes resulted in some flights being canceled, although she didn't have a precise figure.

    The company said it had 520 Boeing 737 jets at the end of last year. Nearly 200 of them are older models, the Boeing 737-300, that were supposed to undergo extra inspections for cracks in the fuselage.

    Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly had said Tuesday he was concerned by findings from an internal investigation into the missed inspections. He announced that the Dallas-based company had placed three employees on paid leave while it investigated the situation.

    Acting FAA Administrator Robert A. Sturgell called the events "a twofold breakdown in the aviation system" -- first, Southwest's failure to properly inspect its planes; and the FAA's failure to ground the jets as "at least one FAA inspector looked the other way."

    The $10.2 million penalty is the largest the FAA has ever imposed on a carrier. Southwest has said it will appeal.

    Its shares fell 51 cents, or 4.1 percent, to $11.89 in afternoon trading on Wednesday. That is near the lower end of their 52-week range of $11.02 to $16.96.


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    what sucks is that i used to make it a point to only fly southwest because of their safety record. guess thats out the window!!! im flying continental to vegas, anyway.
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    This is what happens when you dont inspect for cracks. These guys got lucky and made it back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VF5150 View Post


    This is what happens when you dont inspect for cracks. These guys got lucky and made it back.
    First Class gets all the fuckin perks, man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    First Class gets all the fuckin perks, man.
    LOL, and what's that perk? A sun roof, extra large viewing window, fresh air circulation, tanning while flying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveevhsince79 View Post
    LOL, and what's that perk? A sun roof, extra large viewing window, fresh air circulation, tanning while flying?
    Exactly. AND they get cookies.......Fuckers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VF5150 View Post
    ...This is what happens when you dont inspect for cracks. These guys got lucky and made it back.
    Not quite all of them bro. As I recall, this was the Hawaii flight in which one of the stewardesses (whatever the term) did not make it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Not quite all of them bro. As I recall, this was the Hawaii flight in which one of the stewardesses (whatever the term) did not make it back.
    I remember that!!! She got sucked out of the plane on approach to Maui. They had to fly for like 45 minutes with no top on the plane.

    Scary shit!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sisca View Post
    what sucks is that i used to make it a point to only fly southwest because of their safety record. guess thats out the window!!! im flying continental to vegas, anyway.
    Alot of the SWA safety record has been due to their size. For example in 2000, roughly half of the airline industry was United and American. So if you heard of a crash about 25% chance that it was one of those 2 carriers. SWA has grown tremendously in the last 10 years. Really hasen't been a major accident I can think of since the AA Airbus in New York in 2001, or 2002?

    With that being said, yes, they have had a very good safety record, no doubt. Although SWA has had a couple of problems with stopping on the pavement. Many in the industry would say that the SWA guys sometimes push things to get to their destination. Example being the midway accident in Chicago a few years ago. Bad decision on the crew's part.

    How many people died in commercial airplane crashes in the US last year?

    How many people died in automobile accidents in the US last year?

    Hell, I don't know.

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    Well I fly Southwest quite a bit. They are better than a poke in the eye..on most flights. LOL. American out of DFW isn't bad either. I'd rather fly SW when I have my choice. Out.
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    American is my least favorite. I've never had a flight with them that didn't seem like a pain in the ass.

    Continental is my favorite, if for no reason other than I've had the best luck getting myself bumped into first class with them. If the flight isn't full, all I've ever had to do is ask nicely.

    Northwest has been pretty good to me, too, but I hate their A319/A320s. Those are just shitty airplanes. NWA has always been pretty good about letting me jump on an earlier flight in the middle of connections, which is nice.

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