The FAA has proposed a $275,000 civil penalty against Atlas Airlines for allegedly operating a 747 aircraft after carrying out improper maintenance on the aircraft.
The regulator alleged that that Atlas maintenance technicians incorrectly repaired the aircraft’s landing gear after it would not retract when departing on a flight from Sydney, Australia.
It is alleged that Atlas repaired the gear using the wrong component, and maintenance workers had to install the part upside down to get it to fit.
The FAA claims that Atlas subsequently operated the aircraft on 24 cargo flights over a 10-day period despite the aircraft not being in airworthy condition.
In response, New York-based Atlas said it has been in discussions with the regulator about the case.