Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Over One Million Dollars in Fines Proposed for Air Freight and Passenger Carrier

Safety Went West says FAA
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US – The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a total in fines of $1.23 million as a civil penalty against passenger and air freight carrier, SkyWest Airlines of St. George, Utah, for allegedly operating aircraft that were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations. SkyWest has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

The FAA has proposed a $320,000 fine over allegations that the airline failed to inspect certain main landing gear components on four Bombardier CL-600 jets at required intervals, for wear that could lead to an unsafe condition or failure of a component. SkyWest allegedly operated the aircraft on more than 6,700 flights when these inspections were overdue.

The FAA has also set forth a $911,000 penalty over allegations that SkyWest failed to inspect the cargo door skins on two Bombardier CL-600 jets at required intervals. The inspections were required by an Airworthiness Directive (AD) issued in 2006 after cracks were discovered in the aluminium cargo door skin of a CL-600 during fatigue testing. The FAA determined that regular inspections of that type of aircraft for similar cracking could help prevent a situation in which a cracked skin could lead to an accident or unsafe condition.

SkyWest allegedly operated the aircraft on a total of 15,969 flights when these inspections were overdue. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, said:

“Safety is our top priority. We expect operators to comply fully with all FAA regulations and directives.”