For Immediate Release

November 6, 2001
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-2015

RENTON, WA, — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $200,000 civil penalty against United Airlines of Chicago, for allegedly violating FAA regulations by operating a 737 aircraft on seventeen flights when it was not in compliance with regulations.

On March 25, 2001, United Airlines contractor TIMCO approved a United 737 for return to service following the completion of substantial maintenance. The FAA alleges TIMCO failed to properly re-install fuel system components rendering the aircraft unworthy. Further, TIMCO personnel failed to perform the proper post-check inspections and tests to ensure proper re-installation of fuel line system components.

FAA alleges that between March 25, 2001 and April 3, 2001, United aircraft N308UA conducted seventeen separate flights in an unairworthy condition.

FAA alleged that United Airlines continued to operate the aircraft on 17 flights before they discovered that certain components to the fuel line system were missing and/or improperly installed — a violation of airworthiness regulations.

United Airlines will have 30 days from its receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with the FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases involving penalties of $50,000 or more.