Southwest Airlines claimed that both Boeing and US FAA approved its continued operation of 46 737 Classics for nine days in March 2007 even though the aircraft had not undergone required inspections, expressing dismay at the size of the agency's proposed fine for alleged safety lapses. FAA last week proposed a record $10.2 million civil penalty against the LCC for "deliberate violations" of an agency airworthiness directive, alleging that it repeatedly operated 46 737 Classics that did not ...

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