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Question #19384 posted on 10/10/2005 3:13 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Has Southwest Airlines ever been fined by the FAA for a violation of one of their regulations? If so, what was the violation and what was the fine? How many times has this happened in the last five years? If there have been lots of violations perhaps just tell me a source where I can find this information...

- KAMMTF

A: Dear KAMMTF,

Every airline is fined quite often for FAA violations, actually. For example, according to http://www.aviation-law-news.com/html/reports.html, Southwest Airlines had 260 FAA violations or fines in 1997-2000. This is not an especially large number for an airline of its size. Most of these fines are for relatively minor violations (i.e., nothing that would make an airplane crash).

To see the raw data, go to http://www.faa.gov/agc/enforcement/. On the right side of that page are links to Excel files detailing FAA violations for each quarter from 1997-2005.

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