The FAA has proposed a $417,500 civil penalty against cargo carrier FedEx for allegedly operating a 727 aircraft that was not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.
The regulator alleges that Memphis-based FedEx failed to rebalance a horizontal stabiliser tab control surface on the aircraft after repainting the component.
The 727 structural repair manual identifies the work as a major repair and requires a rebalancing of the control surface after the work is done.
It is also alleged that FedEx’s failure to perform the rebalancing requirements rendered the aircraft unairworthy and that the company operated the aircraft on at least 133 flights when it was in that condition. In response to the allegations, FedEx has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.