US FAA was guilty of "serious lapses" in its regulatory oversight of Southwest Airlines, allowing airworthiness directive "noncompliance issues within WN's maintenance program to go undetected for years," leading to repeated violations, the US Dept. of Transportation Inspector General alleged in a scathing report released yesterday. DOT IG Calvin Scovel, whose office is reviewing FAA's safety oversight of US airlines, charged that the agency's inspection office overseeing WN "developed an ...

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