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Southwest Airlines grounds 128 Boeing 737 aircraft

Southwest Airlines grounds 128 Boeing 737 aircraft

US-based Southwest Airlines has grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft, after discovering it had missed some required safety inspections.

According to Southwest, and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the affected aircraft were overdue for a maintenance check on the standby hydraulic system.

Southwest has already been forced to cancel numerous flight because of the groundings.

On the ground for now: Southwest B737s

"The FAA approved a proposal that would allow Southwest to continue operating the aircraft for a maximum of five days as the checks are completed," said a spokesperson the airline.

According to Southwest, and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the affected aircraft were overdue for a maintenance check on the standby hydraulic system.

Southwest has already been forced to cancel numerous flight because of the groundings.

    "The FAA approved a proposal that would allow Southwest to continue operating the aircraft for a maximum of five days as the checks are completed," said a spokesperson the airline.