Airline grounds 128 planes after checks missed

Southwest “voluntarily removed affected aircraft from service”
Southwest Airlines had to ground 128 of its aircraft this week when it discovered they were overdue for necessary safety checks. The checks involved the standby hydraulic system, which is a backup to the planes’ primary systems.
“Once identified, Southwest immediately and voluntarily removed the affected aircraft from service, initiated maintenance checks, disclosed the matter to the FAA, and developed an action plan to complete all overdue checks,” the company said in a statement.
Around 80 flights were cancelled as a result, but Dallas-based Southwest – the world’s biggest low-cost carrier – said it expected “very minimal impact” to its operations a day after the mass grounding. This was partly because the US Federal Aviation Administration allowed it to continue operating the planes for five days while the checks were completed.

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