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FAA under fire over airline inspections

April 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration is being grilled by lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday about why some airlines missed required inspections. Four U.S. airlines are under investigation for failing to comply with regulations, including United Airlines, which grounded its Boeing 777's Wednesday.

Lawmakers want to know if the FAA blocked inspectors from making the airlines comply.

One supervisor seemed more concerned with protecting a carrier than passengers.

"He was told by his manager that they weren't going to give them all at once because that would be an overload for the airline," said Tom Brantley, President of Professional Aviation Safety Specialists.

The FAA admits some inspectors dropped the ball, but insists the airlines are safe.


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