FAA Fines Hawaiian Airlines $547,500

Hawaiian Airlines faces a $547,500 FAA Civil Penalty for a compliance failure on a 767-300. The FAA claims that the aircraft carried out 5,000 flights without conforming to a July 2000 Airworthiness Directive (AD) for inspections to engine thrust reverser components. The directive aimed to prevent an element of the thrust reverser breaking off in flight, an event that could cause rapid decompression in the aircraft. In July 2012, the FAA claims, an inspection revealed Hawaiian’s records to have erroneously reported that the AD did not apply to 767s. Hawaiian is also alleged to have flown the aircraft 14 times after the FAA alerted the company to the error, and to have failed to keep the required AD status records for the aircraft. 

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