FAA Proposes $4 Million Civil Penalty Against UPS
The FAA has proposed a $4 million fine against UPS for operating four aircraft that were not airworthy. The FAA alleges that in 2008 the cargo carrier failed to follow FAA-approved procedures to accomplish structural repairs on two DC-8s and a pair of MD-11s. The agency further alleges that UPS then used the four aircraft on 400 flights between October 2009 and June 2010. These violations stem from UPS’s failure to comply with the terms of an earlier consent agreement in which it agreed to inspect all aircraft in its fleet and compare actual repairs with maintenance records. This would have ensured the four aircraft were in compliance with the regulations.