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FAA Proposes Big Fine on American Airlines (and AA Responds)

March 12, 2010 | Posted in: Airline News,DOT,News,Travel Safety

FAA fine american airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking to collect $787,500 in civil penalties against American Airlines for three separate “maintenance violations”.

In the biggest case against the airline – which carries a proposed fine of $625,000 – the government alleges that American mechanics failed to replace a problematic computer onboard a MD-82 jetliner and instead “deferred maintenance” which is not allowed. The FAA says the plane flew 10 passenger flights until the computer was in fact replaced.

The airline has 30 days to respond.

A spokesman for American said they are reviewing the FAA’s proposal and will meet with them to discuss it. He added:

“Safety is fundamental to the American Airlines culture and to our success. AA is the only U.S. airline that continues to handle the majority of its heavy maintenance with in-house, FAA Certificated Mechanics that have met and passed all FAA experience requirements, written tests, and practical examinations.” – American Airlines spokesman, 3-12-10

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