The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $320,000 civil penalty against SkyWest Airlines for allegedly operating aircraft that was not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.
The FAA alleges that SkyWest failed to inspect certain main landing gear components on four Bombardier CL-600 jets at required intervals for wear that could lead to an unsafe condition or failure of a component.
SkyWest allegedly operated the planes in question on more than 6,700 passenger flights when the required safety inspections were overdue.
SkyWest is a regional airline that flies to 189 cities, in 43 states; Washington, D.C.; six Canadian provinces and 11 cities in Mexico and the Bahamas under the American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express, U.S. Airways Express, and Alaska Airlines brands.
The airline has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.