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FAA faulted on its oversight of plane repair sites

WASHINGTON — The government’s oversight of hundreds of domestic and overseas repair stations that service US airliners is ineffective and doesn’t target the factors most likely to present safety risks, the Department of Transportation’s inspector general said Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s supposedly risk-based safety inspection system ‘‘falls short of being truly risk-based,’’ especially for foreign repair stations, a report by the inspector general said. Among the inspector general’s criticisms is that the FAA’s oversight lacks the rigor needed to identify safety deficiencies and verify that problems are corrected once identified.

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