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AMFA Implores Southwest Leadership to Address Concerns

The national director of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), Bret Oestreich, has sent a letter to Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly regarding the “culture of fear” at the airline. The letter is now published on the AMFA website. In the letter, Oestreich implores Kelly to become more involved saying, “Your personal involvement in restoring Southwest’s safety culture is long past due.” He also questions FAA oversight. The letter says, “According to Public Record, Southwest Airlines (and AirTran) has been fined for violations 45 times by the FAA and OSHA since 2012, and 291 times since 2000. These statistics are alarming.  Nonetheless, our AMTs know, and the DOT’s Office of Inspector (“OIG”) has recognized, that the FAA is just scratching the surface with respect to the issue of declining maintenance standards at Southwest: [R]ecent events have raised concerns about FAA’s safety oversight, particularly for Southwest Airlines, one of the largest part…

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