FAA Proposes $275,000 Civil Penalty Against Pinnacle Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has alleged that Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines failed to meet Federal Aviation Regulations when operating a Bombardier CRJ on 11 flights. Pinnacle mechanics allegedly failed to remove and replace the aircraft’s right engine according to the instructions laid out in the approved aircraft maintenance manual and a civil penalty of $275,000 has thus been filed against the airline. Due to the airline being under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the proposed penalty is not a demand for payment but part of its proof of claim in the case.

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