Friday, March 07, 2008

Still Waiting to Happen

This is encouraging.

Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said that Southwest was allowed by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate 70 of its fleet of Boeing 737s without mandatory inspections of the jet's rudders.

The 70 jets are in addition to 46 that the FAA has acknowledged were flown in 2006 and 2007 without inspections for cracks on the fuselage.

Oberstar charged in a press conference that an investigation by his committee had uncovered evidence that numerous other FAA safety inspectors believed that they could not bring enforcement cases because the agency had become too "cozy" with the airlines it was supposed to oversee.

This is one of those time when I hate having been right. Anyway, no need to worry - the boys down at Southwest have got it under control:
Southwest goes on PR offensive in response to FAA sanctions

See? Rapid response.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to submit a report from the Chicago bureau of Burro Hall. What might your readers want to learn about?

Burro Hall said...

I can't speak for them, Chip, (though their numbers are small enough, you could probably ask them all individually), but I'll just note - just between us, that they don't seem so big on "book learnin'", so adjust your submission accordingly.