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Mechanical problems force the Southwest to cancel hundreds of flights



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Southwest Airlines continues to deal with an "operational disaster" after an extremely large number of aircraft have been taken out of operation.

The airline in Dallas was forced to cancel hundreds of flights. At the end of last week because of mechanical problems with his fleet. Despite the "cadre" policy of "mechanics", the company was unable to solve its problems.

In a statement Tuesday, Southwest said there was no common theme for issues facing its 750 aircraft and it expanded the staffing protocol that was introduced last week to "maximize the availability" of mechanics.

"We demand that all deck carts resolve maintenance issues so that we can immediately return the aircraft to service and take care of our customers"

On Tuesday, more than 40 planes had service problems – more than twice as much as on average for a typical day. This has created the domino effect, breaking off southwest flights around the country.

According to FlightAware, Southwest Airlines canceled 186 flights on Tuesday – about 4% of its operations. Another 730 flights were detained

Airline Maintenance Issues came as the US Federal Aviation Administration investigates how the Southwest tracks the weight of checked bags on its flights.

The FAA began an investigation in February 2018, the FAA reported this Monday at CNN Business.

The Wall Street Journal, which for the first time reported this story, said that FAA staff and agency documents indicated that the airline staff made mistakes that made pilots calculate the wrong weight of aircraft on take-offs.

is described as "systemic and meaningful", sometimes causing the indicated take off weight to be 1000 pounds lower than the actual weight of the aircraft.

Southwest said in a CNN Business statement that "they are constantly trying to track and voluntarily report FAA operational data so that we can clean and eliminate any operational risks."

But the airline added that it already introduced control and procedures to solve the problem and balance problems.


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