FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against ExpressJet Airlines for Regulation Violations
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing two civil penalties totaling $147,375 against ExpressJet Airlines for allegedly violating drug and alcohol testing and aircraft maintenance regulations.
In the first case, the FAA alleges that ExpressJet did not conduct required drug tests and receive verified, negative results before hiring or transferring four people into safety-sensitive positions. The company drug-tested a fifth person but waited too long after receiving the verified, negative results to hire him into a safety-sensitive position, the FAA alleges.
Furthermore, the FAA alleges that the airline failed to include one of these employees in its random drug and alcohol testing pool. Additionally, the agency alleges that the company ExpressJet hired to collect drug and alcohol testing specimens failed to properly ensure the completion of the custody and control or alcohol testing forms for tests on nine employees. The FAA also says that ExpressJet did not calibrate its evidential breath test device at proper intervals.
The FAA discovered the alleged violations during an inspection in May 2014. The agency is proposing a $97,375 civil penalty in this case.
In the second case, the FAA alleges that, in April 2014, ExpressJet failed to ensure that an Embraer EMB-145 regional jet underwent required testing and measurement of the aircraft surface in connection with the repainting of the jet. The agency is proposing a $50,000 civil penalty in this case.
ExpressJet is scheduled to meet with the FAA later this month to discuss the case.
A subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., ExpressJet Airlines currently operates more than 400 regional aircraft under the American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express designations.