For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 11-02
March 13, 2002
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $1 million civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines for operating nine aircraft on 514 flights between May 1 and August 24, 1998 when they were not in compliance with the company's oil consumption monitoring program.

The FAA said operations specifications require daily engine oil level checks for Saab 340Bs and the company did not follow the procedures. It said during this period of time, 11 takeoffs were aborted as a result of low oil pressure in the engines caused by low oil quantity.

American Eagle has 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond to the agency. Announcement of the civil penalty is made in accordance with FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.