August 26, 2009
FAA probes Southwest over parts use
The Federal Aviation Administration says it is probing Southwest Airlines over allegations it used unauthorized parts on its older Boeing 737s.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford told Wednesday's Dallas Morning News the agency was trying to determine how the parts got onto the planes and that it was too early to comment.
The questions resulted in the grounding of 46 Southwest Airlines jets Saturday, causing significant delays in its system.
The Morning News quoted Southwest spokeswoman Beth Harbin saying the questions center around a vendor and whether it correctly documented repairs and parts used on the planes.
We are all working toward that resolution now, but there are no conclusions or mandates at this point, Harbin said Tuesday night.