Concern Grows After OIG Report Reveals Deficient Safety Culture At Southwest Airlines

Following the report on Southwest Airlines’ major safety failings in OIG report last week, concern is growing in Washington, D.C. over what the report says about the FAA oversight of the airline.

As the union representing the expert mechanics tasked with upholding the safety of Southwest’s aircraft, we were alarmed, but not surprised by the findings — as we’ve been warning our company for years, publicly and privately, to address our concerns.

Now Senator Dianne Feinstein has written a letter to Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, expressing her concern and asking that Southwest “provide a list of steps” Southwest is taking to improve safety “as a result of the report’s findings.”

We have written a letter to Sen. Feinstein in response. In part, it says:

Read our full letter here.

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We are independent Aircraft Maintenance Technicians committed to the highest safety standards. Safety in the Air Begins with Quality Maintenance on the Ground.

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