Following Reports of Fuel Leaks, Beechcraft Fined for Aircraft Manufacturing Error
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $430,000 civil penalty against Beechcraft Corp. for allegedly failing to maintain the required aircraft production quality control system.
The FAA alleges that customers began reporting fuel leaks on 43 Beechcraft Barons that the company had recently manufactured.
FAA investigators determined that the leaks were caused by improperly installed fuel bladders.
"Safety must be the top priority of everybody involved with aviation," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "This is particularly true of manufacturers, where attention to details is vital during all steps of the assembly of complex aircraft."
The Agency alleges that Beechcraft did not follow FAA-approved quality control processes to ensure that each aircraft conformed to its type design and was in a condition for safe use and operation.
Beechcraft has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the Agency.
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