FAA managers grew too cozy in their relationship with Northwest Airlines, according to a Transportation Department report, allowing the carrier to escape dozens of penalties and fines. The DOT inspector general launched an investigation following complaints by an FAA whistleblower. "We are currently reviewing the documents and, as always, we will fully cooperate with the government agencies to ensure our core values of safety, quality and compliance are not compromised," said a spokesman for Delta Air Lines, which merged with Northwest last year. The FAA, meanwhile, "has taken corrective action on the issues identified in the whistleblower complaint and is continuing to monitor compliance," according to a spokeswoman.

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