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Southwest cancels hundreds of flights due to mechanical errors

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They blame a a mechanics union.



This week alone, Southwest has canceled more than 600 flights, and delayed over 1000 others, according to FlightAware. It blamed those interruptions on a number of planes out of service that was more than double the usual 20. Last week, it declared an operations "emergency"



The carrier on Wednesday blasted a mechanics union for hundreds of cancellations in recent days, a level it's calling unprecedented.


"On Feb. 12, just days after our last negotiations session with AMFA, we experienced an unprecedented number of out-of-service aircraft in four specific maintenance locations despite no change in our maintenance programs, no changes in leadership, and no changes in our policies and procedures," chief operations officer Mike Van de Ven said in a statement.



The mechanics union hit back, accusing the airline of using it as a scapegoat for other issues.


"For Southwest's leadership to connect the airline's self-declared "operational emergency" to collective bargaining negotiations is simply an attempt to divert attention away from the airline's safety issues," the 2,700-member organization said in a statement.


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