Federal regulators on Wednesday proposed fining a feeder airline, Corporate Air, $455,000 for allowing a small airliner to carry passengers on 80 flights even though the engine needed repair. The airline flew the Beech 1900C — twin-engine turboprop plane that carries 19 passengers — without repairing its right engine, which was consuming excess amounts of fluid. Mechanics kept adding more oil when the plane landed despite specific instructions in the place manul to make repairs.
Seperately, the Federal Aviation Administration also proposed fining an owner of The Parachute Cember of Acampo, a Northern California-based parachute jumping operation, $664,000 for flying a plane more than 2,600 times with critical equipment long overdue for replacement and without making required inspections of the wings for corrosion.
"The safety of the passengers and crew must be the top priority for any operator," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement. "All operators must comply with maintenance requirements."