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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FAA Proposes Civil Penalty Against Pinnacle

FAA proposed $1 million fine against Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines for allegedly operating two aircraft on some 63 flights when the planes were not in compliance with federal regulations.

Pinnacle allegedly operated a Canadair Regional Jet on 23 flights between April 30 and May 4, 2009, during which time flight crew members performed procedures that should have been performed by maintenance employees, after federal investigators denied the airlines’ request to make the repair work an operations task instead of a maintenance task.

Additionally the airline failed to complete low-pressure turbine case inspections, the FAA alleges, on a Canadair Regional Jet. The inspections, which are required to be done every 300 to 600 operating hours, were to identify and track growth of a crack in the case to make sure the crack did not grow or exceed the maximum allowable length.

The airline has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

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