FAA clears Southwest planes to fly after missing inspections

By News Staff

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The FAA is saying it will allow Southwest Airlines planes to continue flying even after missing a required inspection of their backup rudder system.

Officials say the planes must pass inspection within the next five days, though. 

The company grounded 128 planes, which is about 20% of its fleet, on Tuesday after discovering the missed inspections.

The airline canceled about 80 flights Tuesday and may cancel 19 more on Wednesday while some inspections are taking place.

As of Wednesday morning, no Southwest flights out of T.F. Green had been affected. 

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