Alarmed, But Not Surprised, By OIG Report on Major Southwest Airlines Safety Failings

CENTENNIAL, CO –February 13, 2020 — The report from the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) this week found the FAA has not “effectively overseen” Southwest Airlines. As the union representing the expert mechanics tasked with keeping Southwest Airlines’ passengers and crew safe, we are sadly not surprised by these findings. They represent precisely the sort of degradation of safety culture we’ve been publicly and privately warning about for years. As the union representing Southwest’s expert mechanics, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) are not surprised by these substantiated findings.

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