After the Southwest Airlines problems surfaced, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a check of maintenance records at all U.S. airlines. The FAA’s action applies to records on all planes. FAA inspectors will check to make sure the airlines have complied with orders to perform the type of structural inspections that Southwest Airlines missed on some older Boeing 737s. The first check of the airlines’ maintenance records was to be done by March 28 and a full audit finished by June 30, according to the FAA. The agency was to check compliance with at least ten safety orders, called airworthiness directives, at every airline by the March 28th deadline. A full audit covering at least 10% of all safety directives is to be finished by June 30. The review will involve both examining paperwork and checking airplanes at 118 operators, according to the FAA.
Everybody isn’t satisfied with the FAA’s actions. However, a leading FAA critic, Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, called the FAA move “a positive step.” In the past, he has accused the agency of being too cozy with airlines. The agency’s recent strategy of relying more heavily on information from the airlines themselves leaves lots to be desired. FAA and airline officials argue that the system correctly focuses on improving safety instead of finding blame. The FAA has a duty to do everything feasible to make the airlines comply with all safety requirements.
Source: Associated Press
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