The FAA has proposed a $174,600 civil penalty against Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.
The FAA alleged that Mesa hired six employees for safety-sensitive positions – five aircraft dispatchers and one quality assurance inspector – but failed to place them in its random drug and alcohol testing pools.
All five dispatchers allegedly performed safety-sensitive functions while not in the random pools.
It is also alleged that Mesa failed to notify the regulator when an employee who held an FAA mechanic certificate refused to submit to a drug test within the two-day period specified in the regulations, and that Mesa used a DOT drug testing form when conducting a non-DOT drug test triggered by the airline’s determination that an accident occurred when no accident happened.
Mesa has been given 30 days to respond to the allegations.