FAA Proposes $435,000 Civil Penalty Against United Airlines for Operating Uninspected Aircraft

The agency alleges that United failed to perform a required safety inspection before returning a Boeing 787 aircraft to service

FAA Proposes $435,000 Civil Penalty Against United Airlines for Operating Uninspected Aircraft
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May 31, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $435,000 civil penalty against United Airlines for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in an airworthy condition.

The FAA alleges that on June 9, 2014, United Airlines' mechanics replaced a fuel pump pressure switch on a Boeing 787 aircraft in response to a problem that a flight crew had documented two days before. However, the FAA alleges that the airline failed to perform a required inspection of the mechanics' work before returning the aircraft to service.

According to the FAA, United operated the aircraft in question on 23 domestic and international passenger flights before performing the required inspection on June 28, 2014. Two of those flights allegedly occurred after the FAA had notified United that it had not performed the inspection.

The FAA says that the aircraft was not airworthy during all 23 of the flights.

"Maintaining the highest levels of safety depends on operators closely following all applicable rules and regulations," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "Failing to do so can create unsafe conditions."

United has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss this case.