FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

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Southwest Airlines has 30 days to respond to a proposed $12 million government civil fine for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

The FAA says that beginning in 2006, Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners. The agency also says that its investigation determined that Southwest's contractor, Aviation Technical Services Inc. of Everett, Washington, failed to follow proper procedures for replacing the fuselage as well as other work on the planes. It said that all of the work was done under the supervision of Southwest, which was responsible for seeing that it was done properly.

The FAA said that Southwest then returned the planes to service in 2009 and began flying them even after the FAA said these aircraft were not in compliance with safety regulations.

Brandi King, a spokeswoman for Southwest, said the airline will "respond to the FAA allegations" in accordance with the agency's procedures.

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