United Airlines has been fined $435,000 by the Federation Aviation Administration on Tuesday because they were sending out airplanes who were in a state that was deemed as not airworthy.
The airline did not complete all the required inspections on a Boeing 747 before the plane resumed flying.
This same plane had a part replaced by United mechanics in June of 2014, which exchanged the fuel pump pressure switch.
Since then, the plane went on 23 domestic and international flights without proper inspection. After those 23 flights, the inspection was ultimately performed.
The FAA notified them about the problem, but the plane was still used for 2 flights after the problem was brought to their attention.
Although some people may think not having the proper paperwork in order for every plane is not serious, the truth is quite the opposite. They are held to a high standard of rules and regulations because airplanes hold the lives of so many people in their hands.
United, in a statement, provided a slightly different account of what happened. “We immediately took action after identifying the issue and are working closely with the FAA in their review,” spokesperson Charles Hobart said. The FAA said that United has asked to meet with the agency to “discuss the case.” United has had a tough year. The airline was pummeled with bad press after a passenger was violently dragged off one of its flights in April after refusing to give up his seat. Video of the encounter quickly went viral. The airline has since settled a suit brought by the passenger, Dr. David Dao, for an undisclosed amount. Smaller incidents, such as a 3-foot-long rabbit that was found dead after it flew with United, have also hurt the company’s public image.