According to CNN Travel, the computer incident was one of three incidents the FAA has taken issue with. In March 2008 American Airlines failed to follow a directive of the inspection of rudder components on certain Boeing 757 aircraft. As a result, four of the 757 jets failed to comply with airworthiness requirements.
The third violation occurred when American Airlines mechanics returned an MD-82 aircraft to service in May 2008 despite the fact that several steps of its maintenance schedule had not been checked off as completed. The FAA reported that the jet flew two passenger flights with the logbook error. What's more, an FAA inspection of the plane revealed several "discrepancies" in the tail section, including loose screws and a missing nut plate.
In a statement issued March 12, American Airlines announced that it stood by its safety record: "American Airlines is very proud of our safety record and our employees' commitment to safety every day. Safety is fundamental to the American Airlines culture and to our success."
In the last few years there have been several safety incidents involving other airlines. Last fall the FAA proposed fines of $5.4 million against US Airways and $3.8 million against United for safety violations. In March of last year Southwest Airlines agreed to pay $7.5 million over allegations the company flew unsafe planes.
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Just weeks later—in February of this year—the FAA was back proposing a new round of fines against American Eagle for allegedly undertaking more than 1000 flights with planes with faulty landing gear doors. It was the view of the agency that repairs ordered in August 2006 to the landing gear doors of four Bombardier regional jets that had not been repaired in a manner prescribed by the FAA.
The jets were flown in February and May 2008, the CNN report said.
American Eagle said in a statement it was disappointed in the FAA action, that the public was never in danger and the fine was unwarranted.