Feds Slam Southwest Airlines On Maintenance Records

The Wall Street Journal report:

A government report to be released in coming days says Southwest Airlines Co. failed to prioritize safety and the airline’s regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, hasn’t done enough about it.

Southwest pilots flew more than 17 million people on aircraft with unconfirmed maintenance records over a two-year period, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation draft report.

The audit by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Inspector General also faulted the agency’s oversight and enforcement, saying it took no enforcement action after an incident in 2019 when Southwest smashed a jet’s wingtips on a runway while attempting a landing in gale-force winds.

The full report is behind their paywall.