US FAA yesterday proposed a $10.2 million civil penalty against Southwest Airlines "for operating 46 airplanes without performing mandatory inspections for fuselage fatigue cracking," representing "deliberate violations" of an agency airworthiness directive. The fine, if it becomes final, would be the largest-ever penalty imposed by FAA on an airline for safety violations. The agency said it issued a 2004 AD mandating repetitive external detailed and eddy-current inspections on older 737 ...

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