FAA proposes civil penalty against Executive Airlines

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Executive Airlines

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Executive Airlines for poor maintenance
June 29, 2010

US FAA proposed a $700,000 civil penalty against Executive Airlines, the Puerto Rico-based carrier that operates under the American Eagle brand, for allegedly flying eight ATR 42s in commercial service "when they were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations."

The agency alleged that when Executive did heavy maintenance checks on its aircraft in 2007 and 2008, "mechanics did not perform and document required, detailed visual inspections to detect possible cracks on the aileron center hinge bearing fittings. Executive Airlines operated the eight aircraft on 6,479 flights between the incomplete earlier inspections and September 26-27, 2008, when the company completed the proper inspections and procedures."

Administrator Randy Babbitt said proper maintenance procedures "must be followed at all times. There are no exceptions." The carrier has 30 days to respond.

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