Continental may get $230K FAA fine
Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 10:37am CDT
Houston Business Journal - by Christine Hall Reporter
Continental Airlines Inc. may get slapped with a $230,000 fine from the Federal Aviation Administration for operating an airplane that was not in compliance.
he FAA said it proposed the civil penalty on the Houston airline after alleging that on Aug. 12, 2008, Continental (NYSE: CAL) failed to install a washer while replacing the nose landing gear wheel and tire on a Boeing 767.
Continental subsequently operated the aircraft on 22 flights even though a warning in the maintenance manual stated that failing to install the washer could lead to wheel bearing failure.
FAA inspectors found the violation during a records check and noted three identical earlier violations, according to the agency.