Southwest Airlines to pay $7.5-million fine

Southwest Airlines Co. will pay a fine of $7.5 million for flying planes that had missed crucial safety checks -- $2.5 million less than government regulators initially ordered last year.

Southwest Airlines to pay $7.5-million fine

Southwest Airlines Co. will pay a fine of $7.5 million for flying planes that had missed crucial safety checks — $2.5 million less than government regulators initially ordered last year.

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The agreement announced by the Federal Aviation Administration also gives the Dallas airline nearly two years to pay the fine in three installments of $2.5 million each.

The airline was fined for flying 46 airplanes on 59,791 flights without performing mandatory inspections for fuselage cracks. The planes, mostly Boeing 737s, carried an estimated 145,000 passengers.

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