FAA Threatens AirTran With Fines For Lax Repairs

Law360, New York (June 23, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT) -- The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday that AirTran Airways Inc. should pay a $250,000 penalty for not repairing or testing an important sensor on a Boeing Co. 737 after the sensor was struck by lightning.

Soon after the lightning strike, AirTran illegally allowed the plane to fly for four passenger flights without repairing or testing the plane's angle-of-attack sensor. The sensor warns pilots if the airplane is losing lift, which can lead to a mid-air stall, the FAA said.

In March 2009, AirTran maintenance personnel...
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