US FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell yesterday ordered the agency's principal maintenance inspectors to conduct an audit of airlines under their oversight to "reconfirm that commercial carriers operating within the United States have complied with all airworthiness directives." The move was "prompted" by Southwest Airlines' "recent failure to comply with one such directive," FAA said (ATWOnline, March 14). Added Sturgell, "While the data tell us flying is safer than ever, prudence ...

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