FAA Proposes $1.1 Million Fine Against Aviation Technical Services

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants Aviation
Technical Services to pay a $1.1 million fine for improper repairs to 44 Boeing
737 aircraft in the Southwest Airlines fleet.

According to an announcement by the FAA on September 12, 2011,
Washington-based Aviation Technical Services (ATS) did not repair fuselage
cracks properly when the agency mandated inspections after an in-air fuselage tear
on Southwest Flight 812 on April 1, 2011. Although Southwest Flight 812 was a
Boeing 737, that particular aircraft was not one of the planes that was
improperly repaired by ATS.

Some injuries
were reported in the Southwest Flight 812 incident, as the aircraft was forced
to make an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona due to rapid depressurization in
the cabin.

According to the FAA, "Aviation Technical Services allegedly failed
to install fasteners in all the rivet holes within the time specified for the
task." Aviation Technical Services has 30 days to respond to the
FAA-proposed fine.  

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