The FAA has proposed a $735,000 civil penalty against Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC) Volaris after it allegedly operated an aircraft that failed to meet regulations.
The regulator claims that Volaris returned an A319 to service on March 12, 2013, after a heavy maintenance inspection in which mechanics failed to ensure that certain safety tasks underwent required inspections.
Tasks included the removal and replacement of an emergency slide, verifying that ailerons were properly rigged and verifying the aircraft’s weight and balance calculations.
FAA inspectors reviewed Volaris’ maintenance records on March 19, 2013, and told the LCC that the inspections had not been carried out.
Volaris said it had performed the required inspections on the slide and aileron tasks on March 27.
The FAA claims a subsequent inspection on April 4 found that Volaris had allegedly still failed to complete weight and balance calculation inspections.
It is also alleged that the LCC failed to perform the required inspections for a right wing slat seal edge replacement and a nose landing gear spring nut replacement.
The FAA claims that Volaris flew the aircraft on a total of 121 passenger flights before bringing the A319 into compliance with regulations.