American Eagle Faces More FAA Fines
The FAA has proposed fining American Eagle $363,000 for alleged violations of maintenance FARs. The agency claims the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline operated a Saab 340B with an inoperative windshield defogger. According to the FAA, the airplane’s maintenance log indicated a problem with the defogger, but mechanics on duty failed to inspect or repair the system. The record entry in the maintenance log indicated the “item is minor in nature and does not affect airworthiness.” Eagle flew the airplane in revenue service 88 times before inspectors determined that it did not meet airworthiness standards. American Eagle had 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice, issued December 2, to respond to the charges.