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FAA probes oversight of Northwest
7 September 2005

The U.S. FAA is probing claims by one of its inspectors that it didn`t adequately boost oversight of Northwest Airlines after mechanics went on strike. The FAA failed to enter into a database 470 inspector reports, at least 58% of which cited defects, according to the inspector. As many as 90% of these reports filed from Aug. 20 to Aug. 31 cited defects, compared with a 3% to 5% rate prior to Aug. 20. (LA Times)