For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 20-02
December 2, 2002
Contact: John Clabes
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to impose a $363,000 civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines of Fort Worth, TX, for alleged violations of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleged the airline operated a Saab 340B in 88 revenue flights with an inoperative windshield defogger system in the cockpit in violation of the airline’s approved Maintenance Manual. It was alleged the discrepancies were noted in the aircraft maintenance log but mechanics on duty failed to inspect the defogger system to determine what caused the lack of airflow and did not repair the system. The record entry in the maintenance log indicated the "item is minor in nature and does not affect airworthiness." The aircraft was approved for return to service and flown 88 times when it was not in an airworthy conditions.

American Eagle had 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement action involving penalties of $50,000 or more.