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The president of the Twin Cities mechanics union at Northwest Airlines has been suspended by the airline for questioning the safety of outsourced aircraft repairs, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association has claimed.

Ted Ludwig was suspended from his job as a mechanic for 60 days without pay, said the union. Northwest did not comment on the claim, and only said that its aircraft safety is not compromised.

Two weeks ago Ludwig was reportedly warned by Northwest that he could lose his job if he did not stop suggesting that aircraft maintenance performed by third-party repair facilities could be a danger to passengers.

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