FAA Proposes $317,500 Civil Penalty Against United Air Lines

The penalty comes following an inspection that found an aircraft that was not in compliance.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that United Air Lines, Inc. faces a $317,500 civil penalty for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.

FAA has alleged that on Jan. 19, 2013, United mechanics removed and replaced a nose landing gear wheel and tire on a Boeing 767 without installing a required axle washer. An FAA inspector discovered the missing washer during a routine inspection.

According to the agency, United operated the aircraft on 35 passenger flights when the washer was missing.

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