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FAA fines Southwest Airlines $3.92 million

Posted: 8:38 PM, Jan 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-10 22:38:30-05
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southwest Airlines could face a multi-million dollar penalty for allegedly operating commercial flights with incorrect weight and balance information.

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $3.92 million civil penalty, saying that between May and August of 2018, Southwest operated 44 aircraft on a total of 21,505 flights with incorrect data. That includes incorrect empty weights and center of gravity data. That information and other data determine how many passengers -- and how much fuel -- can be carried safely, and where cargo has to be stored.

The FAA says Southwest's operation of those flights went against FAA-issued operations specifications.

Southwest has 30 days after it receives the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.