FAA Proposes $500,000 Penalty Against SeaPort Airlines for Missed Safety Inspections

The FAA alleges that the airline operated three aircraft on a total of 583 flights when inspections were overdue

FAA Proposes $500,000 Penalty Against SeaPort Airlines for Missed Safety Inspections
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August 5, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $500,000 civil penalty against Portland, Oregan-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. for allegedly operating three single-engine Cessna Caravans when they were not airworthy.

The FAA alleges that SeaPort failed to perform initial and recurring borescope inspections of the planes' turbine compressor blades. The inspections are required by an FAA Airworthiness Directive that is intended to prevent compressor turbine blade failures, which could cause an engine to lose power.

"Airworthiness Directives are critical safety tools," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "Safe operations depend on meticulous compliance with their requirements."

The FAA alleges that SeaPort Airlines operated the three aircraft in question on a total of 583 flights when the inspections were overdue. Therefore, the agency says, the planes were not safe to fly.

The FAA further alleges that SeaPort failed to record 1) the method of compliance with the Airworthiness Directive and 2) when the next recurring inspections were required for those three aircraft and another Cessna Caravan.

SeaPort has 30 days from receiving the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.