FAA Proposes to Fine United for Flying Aircraft Not in ‘Airworthy Condition’

May 31, 2017

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The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to fine United Airlines $435,000 for operating more than 20 flights where the aircraft was not considered to be in “airworthy condition.” The 23 flights in question all occurred on a United Boeing 787 Dreamliner during June 2014.

According to Reuters, in June 2014, United mechanics replaced a fuel pump pressure switch on the 787. However, United failed to perform a required inspection before returning the aircraft in question back to service. According to CNBC, the replacement took place on June 9, 2014, and it wasn’t until June 28, 2014 that United performed the required inspection. In total, 23 flights — on both international and domestic routes — occurred during the period.

The FAA said that two of the 23 flights occurred after it had told United that the airline had yet to perform the required inspection. “The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” a United spokesman said. “We immediately took action after identifying the issue and are working closely with the FAA in their review.”

The FAA said that United has asked to meet and discuss the case. At this point, the FAA has just proposed to fine United the nearly half million dollars, and nothing has been finalized.

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