House Investigates Airlines Industry's "Cozy" Relationship With FAA Regulators

04/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A House committee will report the findings of its investigation into the Federal Aviation Agency's safety oversight Thursday and hear testimony from airline safety inspectors and the Transportation Department's inspector general.

Among those scheduled to testify are a whistle-blower who first detailed problems at Southwest, which faces a record $10.2 million fine for continuing to fly dozens of Boeing 737s that hadn't been inspected for cracks in their fuselages.

Southwest is not the only carrier that has benefited from a "cozy" relationship with regulators, said Tom Brantley, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union that represents FAA inspectors.

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