US FAA's oversight of American Airlines' maintenance program "lacked the rigor needed" to uncover "weaknesses" that created safety concerns, the Dept. of Transportation's Inspector General said in a report issued last week that was highly critical of both FAA and AA. The IG and FAA received allegations in February 2008 that "the overall operational reliability of [AA's] aircraft had diminished and that previously reliable aircraft systems were regularly failing," the report stated. "The ...

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