FAA Proposes $317,500 Civil Penalty Against United Airlines

FAA Proposes $317,500 Civil Penalty Against United Airlines
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December 31, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $317,500 civil penalty against United Airlines, Inc. for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on January 19, 2013, United mechanics removed and replaced a nose landing gear wheel and tire on a Boeing 767 aircraft without installing a required axle washer.

The Boeing and United Airlines maintenance manuals both warn that the wheel bearing can fail if this particular washer is not installed. An FAA inspector discovered that the washer was missing on the aircraft in question during a routine inspection.

United allegedly operated the Boeing 767 on 35 commercial passenger flights when the washer was missing. The aircraft was not in an airworthy condition during those flights, the FAA alleges.

United has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case. No further details are available at this time.