Southwest Airlines was forced to take 128 aircraft out of service yesterday evening after it confirmed to the FAA that it had missed its mandatory maintenance checks on backup hydraulic systems for one fifth of its fleet.  Many flights were immediately cancelled last night as a result, while officials from Southwest and the FAA discussed plans to complete the maintenance checks and return the aircraft to service. No MRO in the world can cope with 128 aircraft of the cuff and thus this is going to be a drawn-out affair before all aircraft are back in service. This news might

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