Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Express Air Freight Outfit Facing Severe Penalty for Regulation Breach

Cargo Carriers Accused of Operating Improperly Repaired Aircraft
Shipping News Feature

US – A company operating an air freight fleet on behalf of Fedex Express is facing a serious fine after allegedly breaching US regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $132,425 civil penalty against Mountain Air Cargo of Denver, North Carolina, for operating an ATR-42 airplane when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Mountain Air Cargo mechanics improperly repaired a dent in a cargo door at the rear of the aircraft in August 2012.

The agency alleges the company failed to follow its FAA-approved aircraft maintenance programme, which required it to report the damage to the aircraft manufacturer along with a repair plan, and obtain the manufacturer’s approval for the repairs. The dent exceeded the allowable limits for the kind of repair that was done, the FAA alleges.

Mountain Air Cargo operated the ATR-42 aircraft on 115 flights between August 7 and October 29, 2012 when it was not in an airworthy condition due to the improper repair, the FAA alleges. Mountain Air Cargo is scheduled to meet with the FAA in mid-September to discuss the case.

Mountain Air Cargo is an express air freight carrier providing flight and maintenance services throughout the eastern half of the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. The company operates a fleet of over 60 aircraft, with all of its ATR and C208 aircraft owned by Fedex Express, and are operated by MAC on a ‘dry lease’ basis.