FAA Slaps American With Record $24M Safety Fine

Law360, New York (August 26, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT) -- American Airlines Inc. is facing a proposed record $24.2 million civil penalty from federal aviation regulators who say the airline flew 286 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jets over a two-year period without performing mandatory safety checks.

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed the penalty Thursday.

“We put rules and regulations in place to keep the flying public safe,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “We expect operators to perform inspections and conduct regular and required maintenance in order to prevent safety issues. There can be no compromises when...
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