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US Watchdog Faults FAA Errors in Southwest Air Safety Checks

  • DOT confirms broad violations on whistle-blower reports: OSC
  • Agency allegedly allowed multiple breaches of air safety rules
A Southwest Airlines passenger jet.

A Southwest Airlines passenger jet.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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US government investigators say they’ve confirmed allegations federal aviation regulators allowed Southwest Airlines Co. to commit violations of safety rules involving repairs on planes it acquired from foreign carriers and the airline’s basic operations of them.

The Federal Aviation Administration and its parent agency, the Department of Transportation, agreed that multiple breaches occurred in how inspectors oversaw the Dallas-based carrier, according to findings released Wednesday by the Office of Special Counsel.