For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 15-00
July 21, 2000
Contact: John Clabes
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $698,000 civil penalty against American Airlines for operating two aircraft with incorrect circuit breakers on passenger flights 113 times in March and April 1999.

FAA alleged that American maintenance employees at New York’s LaGuardia Airport removed a failed 25-ampere essential AC bus supply circuit breaker on a Fokker F100 and replaced it with a 20-ampere breaker, a violation of an airworthiness directive. The plane made 38 passenger flights with the incorrect breaker.

The FAA also alleged that American maintenance crews at Detroit Metropolitan airport replaced a 25-ampere circuit breaker with a 20-ampere breaker on another F100. American crews used this plane on 75 scheduled passenger flights with the incorrect circuit breaker.

FAA alleged an airworthiness directive calling for use of 25-ampere breakers was violated in all instances, and that as a consequence the aircraft were not in an airworthy condition when operated with the 20-ampere breakers.

The company has 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

Announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases that involve penalties of $50,000 or more.