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Press Release – FAA Proposes $911,000 Civil Penalty Against SkyWest Airlines

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2015
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: 425-227-2015; Email: allen.kenitzer@faa.gov


SEATTLE –The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $911,000 civil penalty against SkyWest Airlines of St. George, Utah, for allegedly operating two aircraft that were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.

The FAA alleges SkyWest failed to inspect the cargo door skins on two Bombardier CL-600 jets at required intervals. The inspections were required by an Airworthiness Directive (AD) issued in 2006 after cracks were discovered in the aluminum cargo door skin of a CL-600 during fatigue testing. The FAA determined that regular inspections of that type of aircraft for similar cracking could help prevent a situation in which a cracked skin could lead to an accident or unsafe condition.

SkyWest allegedly operated the aircraft on a total of 15,969 flights when the inspections were overdue.

“Safety is our top priority,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We expect operators to comply fully with all FAA regulations and directives.” 

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

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