FAA wants $250,000 fine against AirTran

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $250,000 civil penalty against AirTran Airways for allegedly operating a Boeing 737 on four passenger flights when it was not in compliance with FAA regulations.

The FAA alleges Air Tran did not properly repair or test an angle-of-attack sensor on the aircraft after it was struck by lightning during a flight on 20 March 2009. The FAA also alleges the airline misused the Minimum Equipment List (MEL) when it decided to defer the repair and continued to operate the aircraft. Repair or maintenance of a damaged or inoperative angle-of-attack sensor may not be deferred.

AirTran has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

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