Southwest grounds planes after learning of missed inspections

(WDTN Photo)
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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.

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