The FAA has proposed charging Atlantic Southeast Airlines with a $400,000 penalty for operating a Bombardier regional jet when it was not in compliance with FAA regulations. The FAA alleges Atlantic Southeast Airlines maintenance returned the aircraft to service after routine work, but without an authorized signature on the airworthiness release form and without an appropriate entry in the aircraft’s flight discrepancy log.
The FAA indicated the aircraft made 49 revenue passenger flights between July 7 and July 15, 2010, when the aircraft in question had not been properly released for service. Atlantic Southeast Airlines has 30 days from notice of the FAA’s civil penalty to respond. Atlantic Southeast Airlines has since merged with ExpressJet, and operates regional aircraft on routes for Delta and United.