The fine was against Aviation Techinical Services of Everett, Wash. for improperly inspecting and repairing the fuselages on Southwest’s Boeing 737-300 aircraft, reports USAToday. FAA fines are typically negotiated with companies as they remedy any violations. The company has 30 days to reply.
The complaint says Aviation Technical Services failed to accomplish five repetitive inspections and a one-time inspection to find and repair cracks in the planes’ skins. After the inspections, it allegedly failed to install fasteners in rivet holes in the time specified as sealant dried.