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For Immediate Release
October 14, 2009
Contact: Alison Duquette
Phone: (202) 267-3883
FAA Proposes $5.4 Million Civil Penalty for US Airways, Inc.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $5.4 million civil penalty against US Airways, Inc. for allegedly operating eight aircraft on a total of 1,647 flights from October 2008 to January 2009 while not in compliance with certain Airworthiness Directives (ADs) or the airline’s maintenance program. ADs are rules issued by the FAA when an unsafe condition exists on a type of aircraft, and additional maintenance is required to remedy the problem.
Each year the FAA issues about 250 ADs requiring air carriers to correct potentially unsafe conditions. Compliance deadlines range from immediate action before further flight, to days, months, or years depending on the severity and complexity of the safety issue. Air carriers must fully comply with all of these legally enforceable directives.
The FAA found the following AD non-compliance issues:
The FAA found the following problems with maintenance practices:
US Airways, Inc. has 30 days from the receipt of the civil penalty letter to respond to the FAA.
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