ASA facing fine from FAA for missed inspection of CRJ aircraft after lightning strikes

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $425,000 fine against Atlantic Southeast Airlines for allegedly operating two Bombardier CRJ regional jeta when they were not in compliance with FAA regulations.

The allegation is that ASA failed to complete required inspections of two aircraft after they were struck by lightning. One indicent took place on July 21, 2008 and the other on July 23, 2008.

The FAA alleges that ASA operated the two aircraft on a total of 13 revenue passenger flights between July 22 and 24 when they were not in compliance with federal regulations. The regulations require that aircraft operators conduct and document the detailed check for lightning strike damage mandated in the airline’s aircraft maintenance manual. An FAA air safety inspector discovered both alleged violations.

Atlantic Southeast has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency’s decision.


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