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Lawmakers seek separation for FAA, airlines

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some U.S. House members today offered legislation in Wasington to prod the Federal Aviation Administration to step up its oversight of airlines.

The Transportation Department last month launched an investigation into FAA practices.

Some FAA inspectors in April testified at a congressional hearing that their jobs were threatened when they reported maintenance and inspection problems with some airlines.

The hearing came after revelations of lax FAA supervision over Dallas-based Southwest Airlines.

Southwest was hit with a record $10.2 million fine for continuing to fly dozens of Boeing 737s that hadn't been inspected for cracks in their fuselages.

FAA officials weren't immediately available for comment today.

The bill would, in part, direct the FAA to halt the practice of allowing airlines to choose which agency personnel will inspect their operations.

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