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Southwest Temporarily Grounds 130 Boeing 737-800 Airplanes Over Weight Data

WASHINGTON: Southwest Airlines Co mentioned late Wednesday it quickly grounded 130 Boeing 737-800 plane after it found discrepancies in plane weight information.

The Dallas-based airline mentioned in an announcement that “out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily ceased flying the respective aircraft to enter the correct weights of the aircraft in question into the system and reset the program.”

Southwest mentioned the discrepancy in weight information is 75 lbs.

The airline mentioned the momentary halt to flights would “cause some delays and/or cancellations; however, we anticipate the impact to our operation to be minimal.”

Boeing didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.

In January, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mentioned it was searching for to superb Southwest $3.92 million for alleged weight infractions on 21,505 flights on 44 plane between May 1, 2018 and Aug. 9, 2018.

The FAA alleged that Southwest operated the flights with incorrect operational empty weights, and middle of gravity or second information, which is used to find out what number of passengers and the way a lot gasoline could be safely carried and the place cargo ought to be situated.

A February report by the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General mentioned the FAA violated its personal steering in addressing non-compliance by Southwest.

The report mentioned from early 2018 till August 2019, FAA allowed Southwest Airlines “to continue reporting inaccurate and non-compliant weight and balance data based on the carrier’s risk determination.”

The FAA instructed the inspector normal’s workplace in January it had been monitoring Southwest’s efficiency weight and steadiness program and “continues to monitor (Southwest’s) implementation of corrective measures.”

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