WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans on fining American Airlines a civil penalty of $24.2 million, reportedly the largest FAA fine in history. Federal aviation officials claim American Airlines made thousands of unsafe flights on jets with dangerous wiring.
The punishment goes back to the inspection record of American's MD 80 aircraft. The FAA says American failed to properly inspect wire bundles in plane wheel wells. Inspections were intended to prevent wires from shorting and causing a fire.
It was two years ago when the FAA found that American failed to properly inspect two of its airplanes. That prompted the grounding of about one thousand of the airline's flights in April of 2008.
However. the FAA estimates that before the grounding, American flew more than 14 thousand flights on the MD 80 that were not within compliance.
American Airlines has 30 days to respond and the option of negotiating a smaller fine.
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