Southwest grounds planes after learning of missed inspections

(WDTN Photo)
(WDTN Photo)

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials will let Southwest Airlines keep flying planes that missed a required inspection of a backup rudder system.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the inspections have to be done in the next five days, however.

Southwest grounded 128 planes — about one-fifth of its fleet — on Tuesday after discovering the missed inspections.

A Southwest spokeswoman says the airline canceled about 80 flights Tuesday and expects to cancel up to 19 more on Wednesday while some inspections are done.

2 NEWS checked with Dayton International Airport. One inbound flight from Baltimore, MD was canceled Tuesday night. Southwest flight 1059 from Dayton to Baltimore, which was scheduled to take off at 6 a.m. Wednesday, was also canceled. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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