Southwest Airlines allowed to fly ‘unsafe’ planes for months

CNN is reporting today on the findings of an ongoing investigation into the safety of Southwest Airlines planes flown as recently as last March.

“Documents submitted by FAA inspectors to congressional investigators allege the airline flew at least 117 of its planes in violation of mandatory safety checks. In some cases, the documents say, the planes flew for 30 months past government inspection deadlines that should have grounded the planes until the inspections could be completed.”

The report goes on to mention that several planes were “not air worthy,” and the FAA “knew the planes were flying ‘unsafely’ and did nothing about it.” Yikes.

Southwest has declined to comment. Read a comment from Southwest Airlines PR manager Paula Berg here.