FAA Proposes $805,000 Fine Against United

RENTON, WA - The Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has proposed to
assess an $805,000 civil penalty
against United Airlines of Chicago, IL,
for allegedly violating FAA regulations
by operating three Boeing 757s on 193
flights when they were not in
compliance with regulations.

The FAA said that on or about March 2,
2002, United Airlines employees
performed improper maintenance on three
Boeing 757s.  After discovering small
holes in the spoilers of the aircraft,
maintenance workers performed a
temporary repair of the spoiler skin
that was not within approved methods,
techniques or practices in the current
manufacturer`s repair manuals. Further,
the FAA alleges that United Airlines
continued to operate the aircraft when
they were not in an airworthy condition.

United Airlines will have 30 days from
its receipt of the FAA`s enforcement
letter to respond to the agency.  This
announcement of the proposed civil
penalty is made in accordance with the
FAA`s policy of releasing information
to the public on newly issued
enforcement actions in cases involving
penalties of $50,000 or more.