August 26th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

FAA proposes record civil fine against American Airlines

The FAA has proposed a $24 million fine against American Airlines, which would be the largest civil penalty in the agency's history.

The FAA said the fine was because of American Airlines' "failing to correctly follow an Airworthiness Directive involving the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft."

“We put rules and regulations in place to keep the flying public safe,”  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a press release. “We expect operators to perform inspections and conduct regular and required maintenance in order to prevent safety issues. There can be no compromises when it comes to safety.”

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  1. Bill

    Financial penalties? Hah! Later in this quarter, we will see the following statement:

    American Airlines took a one-time-charge against its' earnings to offset a FAA penalty it received. Earnings per share now $.05 per share, down from $.10 before the charge.

    So – no, financial penalties are no way to penalize corporations because they find accounting methods to write them off.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phil

    Thats about what they make in an hour.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chelle

    Mr Arpey will still get his bonus. More AA jobs will be outsourced. Employees will not get raises. Fees will go up for toilet use. But hey, I still need my AA job.

    August 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I Love Humanity

    Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has officially asked Iran to equip and modernize the Lebanese Army, given the problems Beirut is facing.

    Sleiman has asked Iranian officials to consider selling advanced military equipment to the Lebanese Army, reported IRNA.

    The Lebanese president has reiterated that the modernization should take place while keeping in mind Beirut's strategic needs as well as its budget limitations.

    This follows recent deadly confrontation between Lebanese and Israeli forces.

    The exchange of fire left three Lebanese soldiers and one Israeli military officer dead.

    After the incident, US officials announced that they would freeze 100 million dollars in military aid destined for Beirut.

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    August 27, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
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