Politics & Government

FAA reassigns official who oversaw Southwest inspections

The Federal Aviation Administration has reassigned an official who oversaw Southwest Airlines at the agency's North Texas office, after criticism at a congressional hearing last week over a lapse in safety inspections at the airline.

Thomas Stuckey was removed Monday from his position as head of the flight standards office for the FAA's Southwest region, spokeswoman Laura Brown said. "He's in another position, an administrative position that has no safety oversight duties," she said.

The decision to reassign Stuckey is the latest fallout from the congressional probe into inspections at Southwest. Last month, the FAA proposed a record $10.2 million fine against the airline for allegedly flying dozens of planes in 2007 that hadn't received proper inspections for potentially dangerous fuselage cracks.

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