FAA Proposes $122,000 Civil Penalty Against Trans States Airlines
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $122,000 civil penalty against Trans States Airlines, Inc. for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
The agency alleges that Trans States Airlines failed to test and inspect fuel system components on an Embraer EMB-145 jet within the timeframe required by an FAA Airworthiness Directive.
The purpose of the Airworthiness Directive is to prevent anything from potentially igniting in the jet's fuel system, which could lead to an onboard fire.
The FAA alleges that Trans States operated the aircraft in question on 10 passenger flights when it was not in compliance with the Airworthiness Directive and therefore was not airworthy.
Trans States Airlines operates around 150 daily flights to 39 U.S. cities as United Express for United Airlines and U.S. Airways Express for U.S. Airways.
The airline is scheduled to meet with the FAA in mid-February to discuss the case.