AA To Pay $1.2million For Penalties

Thu Mar 14, 2002 1:53 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Federal aviation regulators are seeking penalties of nearly $1.2 million against American Airlines and American Eagle for failing to check engine oil levels and other safety violations.

Both carriers are owned by Fort Worth-based AMR Corp (NYSE:AAR - news).

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $1 million civil penalty against commuter airline American Eagle for failing to check the oil level on planes on 514 flights in 1998.

The FAA said the company did not conduct daily engine-oil level checks for the nine Saab 340B aircraft. From May through August of 1998, 11 takeoffs were aborted because of low oil pressure in the engines caused by low oil levels, the FAA said.

The agency also proposed a $170,000 civil penalty against American Airlines for violating maintenance procedures on fuel-indicating systems.

The FAA said a contract fueler noted problems in the fuel tank gauges on an American MD-80 in July 2000. Crews at the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., airport filled each tank to required levels, but after takeoff the gauge for the right wing dropped and the crew returned to the airport.

The FAA said the indicator for one of the tanks was incorrect and American Airlines crews had failed to perform a required check after the emergency landing. The plane flew another 88 flights before the required check was done, the FAA said.

Sonja Whitemon, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said late Wednesday once the carrier learned about the issue, it took several immediate steps to make sure the problem did not reoccur.

"We believe that because we took immediate and full response, a fine is not warranted," Whitemon said. "We will be having a conversation with the FAA."

The airlines have 30 days to appeal the proposed penalty.

Looks like it's not a good news to AMR Corp....

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos