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BUSINESS
April 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Four passengers are suing Southwest Airlines in federal court over flights by dozens of planes that missed inspections during a period of about six years. The lawsuit filed in Birmingham, Ala., seeks class-action status. Its claims include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and negligent and reckless operation of an aircraft. The suit filed Friday contends the class probably covers more than 10,000 people. The Dallas-based carrier temporarily grounded scores of its older Boeing 737 jetliners last month to carry out the inspections.
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BUSINESS
April 9, 2008 | Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writer
Frustrations and worries mounted Tuesday at U.S. airports after American Airlines said it was canceling as many as 500 flights for another round of maintenance checks. More flight delays are expected today. Cancellations by the world's largest airline were the biggest yet in a rash of maintenance- related disruptions for passengers over the last month that has been accompanied by fare hikes, increasingly crowded planes, higher fuel surcharges and airline shutdowns.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The Federal Aviation Administration, under fire for its handling of missed safety inspections at Southwest Airlines Co., said it was ordering a check of maintenance records at all U.S. airlines. The FAA's action applies to maintenance records on older Boeing 737 jets. FAA inspectors will check to make sure the airlines have complied with orders to perform the type of inspections that Southwest missed.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Southwest Airlines Co., accused of operating planes that had missed key safety inspections, said Tuesday that it had placed three employees on leave and hired an outside expert to review its maintenance procedures. The Dallas-based airline also said it had promised federal regulators that it would fix any shortcomings in its system of tracking maintenance work. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $10.2-million civil penalty -- the largest ever against an airline -- after finding that Southwest had missed safety inspections for dozens of planes, then kept flying some of them before they could be examined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
THERMAL, Calif. -- A team of state and federal inspectors moved through the hot, narrow alleys of two large trailer parks housing thousands of migrant farmworkers Monday after receiving reports of health and safety violations inside. The parks are on the Torres Martinez reservation, which also houses Desert Mobile Home Park, known as Duroville, which is now being targeted for possible closure. The parks inspected Monday are not yet in the bad shape of Duroville, federal officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Time may have officially run out for Harvey Duro, owner of a sprawling, run-down trailer park that houses over 4,000 farmworkers on the Torres Martinez Reservation in southern Riverside County. The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Monday that because of health and safety threats posed by the 40-acre park, the agency would not give Duro another chance to make repairs and would instead take him to federal court in Riverside next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2007 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles city firefighters, already seeing dangerous fire conditions because of unusually hot and dry weather, will begin inspecting publicly owned hillside properties ahead of schedule this spring, officials announced Thursday. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he is activating a 40-member brush fire task force early because of the danger posed by arid conditions that can fan fires in the hills that ring much of Los Angeles.
NATIONAL
November 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A "stem-to-stern" review of the Big Dig highway system that was ordered after a fatal collapse last summer has found the roads, tunnels and bridges in downtown Boston are well built overall, but some repairs are urgently needed. Gov. Mitt Romney released the results Friday of the $4.5-million review.
NATIONAL
October 6, 2006 | From Reuters
A piece of space debris punched a small hole in one of the space shuttle Atlantis' radiator panels during its recent 12-day spaceflight, NASA said Thursday. Damage from debris has been NASA's top safety issue since the destruction of the shuttle Columbia in February 2003, when insulating foam came off the ship's fuel tank during launch and punched a hole in the shuttle's heat shield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Less than 20% of steel-frame mid- and high-rise buildings in Los Angeles have been inspected for possible damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake despite evidence that the temblor weakened the buildings' structural support. There are about 1,500 such buildings in Los Angeles, but a Times survey of city records showed that only about 235 have been checked for damage to the welds that hold the big steel girders together.
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