FAA fines Continental for maintenance 'lapse' on 737

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FAA fines Continental for maintenance 'lapse' on 737

Unread post by bimjim » Fri May 14, 2010

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FAA fines Continental for maintenance 'lapse' on 737
By: Christine Boynton

US FAA yesterday proposed a $325,000 civil penalty against Continental Airlines for operating a 737 on "at least" 12 commercial flights before an abnormal gear indication was addressed by mechanics. The agency said that on Dec. 20, 2008, the crew of a 737 en route from Houston to Los Angeles elected to continue their flight after noticing a warning light on the right main landing gear indicator after the gear retracted, and diverted to Phoenix only once it became apparent the aircraft was burning "an excessive amount of fuel." Upon landing, CO maintenance workers inspected the landing gear but failed to record the incident and the aircraft allegedly flew a dozen passenger flights before being inspected by mechanics.

"Air carriers cannot let maintenance issues lapse," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said. "When a problem is discovered, it needs to be corrected immediately." CO has 30 days to respond to the agency. The carrier was fined earlier this week by the US Dept. of Transportation for filing incomplete disability complaints (ATWOnline, May 13).

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