FAA Proposes $100,000 Civil Penalty against Skywest Airlines
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $100,000 civil penalty against SkyWest Airlines, Inc. for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.
The FAA alleges that SkyWest failed to inspect critical parts of a Bombardier CL-600 jet at the required intervals.
On February 10, 2011, SkyWest completed a detailed inspection of certain elevator hinge fittings in accordance with its regular maintenance program. The next inspection was due on April 14, 2012. However, the FAA alleges that the airline did not perform this inspection on the aircraft until February 1, 2013.
The FAA alleges that SkyWest operated the aircraft on at least 525 commercial flights when the required inspection was overdue.
SkyWest has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.