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."
â€śWe put rules and regulations in place to keep the flying public safe,â€ťÂ U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a press release. â€śWe 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.â€ť