Inspection Failings Could Cost Skywest $1.2m

The FAA has proposed a total of $1.2m in civil penalties against SkyWest Airlines for failing to correctly inspect aircraft.

The US regulator has proposed a penalty of $911,000 alleging that Utah-based SkyWest did not carry out cargo door inspections on two Bombardier Challenger 600 aircraft as required by an airworthiness directive issued in 2006, after fatigue tests discovered cracks in the aircraft’s aluminium cargo door skin.

The FAA claims that SkyWest operated the two CL-600 aircraft on close to 16,000 flights while the inspections were overdue.

In a separate case, the regulator is proposing a further penalty of $320,000 against SkyWest for failing to check landing gear components on four CL-600 aircraft in line with required intervals.

SkyWest, which has yet to comment on the allegations, has been given 30 days to respond.

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