FAA Fines American Eagle Airlines $330,000 for Broken Seats, Armrests

FAA alleges American Eagle mechanics failed to note broken passenger seats and armrests on two aircraft during a Dec. 18, 2008, inspection and did not follow the approved maintenance manual instructions during those inspections.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $330,000 civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, for operating an Embraer 135 regional jet on 12 revenue passenger flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

FAA alleges American Eagle mechanics failed to note broken passenger seats and armrests on two aircraft during a Dec. 18, 2008, inspection and did not follow the approved maintenance manual instructions during those inspections. FAA inspectors discovered seats on two aircraft that would not raise and stow into the upright and locked position for takeoffs and landings. FAA inspectors also found damaged center arm rests that would not stow in the upright and locked position.

The FAA further alleges that American Eagle used one of the aircraft on 12 revenue passenger flights between the inspection and eventual repair of the seats and armrests. The other aircraft did not fly again until the airline completed the required work.

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

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