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128 Southwest planes lacking inspections are cleared to fly for 5 days
128 Southwest planes lacking inspections are cleared to fly for 5 days

More than 100 grounded Southwest Airlines planes were back in service Wednesday, after aviation officials approved a plan that would allow the company to keep flying the planes despite lapsed maintenance inspections of backup hydraulic systems. Southwest Airlines said it grounded 128 of its Boeing 737 aircraft after learning they had been flown without required checks on the backup hydraulic systems, which are meant to control plane rudders in the event the main system fails. Eighty flights were canceled Tuesday as a result. Late Tuesday night, Southwest said, the Federal Aviation Administration approved a plan that will allow the airline to operate the aircraft “for a...

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