Continental Faces FAA Penalty For Maintenance Lapse

Law360, New York (May 14, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT) -- Continental Airlines Inc. is facing a possible $325,000 civil penalty from the Federal Aviation Administration for allegedly sending one of its airplanes on at least a dozen commercial flights before addressing a warning light that indicated potential landing gear problems.

The FAA issued a letter to Continental on Thursday, saying the airline had 30 days to respond to the proposed penalty.

“Air carriers cannot let maintenance issues lapse,” FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement. “When a problem is discovered, it needs to be corrected...
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