FAA: United Airlines flew unsafe plane 23 times

LAS VEGAS - United Airlines is in hot water once again. On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $435,000 fine against United Airlines (UAL) for purportedly operating an airplane "that was not in airworthy condition."

In June 2014, United mechanics replaced a fuel pump pressure switch on one of the carrier's Boeing 747 jetliners, CNN said.
But the FAA claims that the airline did not complete a required inspection of the repair before the plane resumed flying.

United flew the aircraft on 23 domestic and international passenger flights before the inspection was ultimately performed, according to the FAA.  The plane may have even made two flights after the FAA notified United about the problem, the agency said.

However, United, in a statement to CNN, 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.

To read more on CNN's report go here.


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