The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to fine United Airlines almost a half million dollars for flying a plane that was not in "airworthy condition."
At issue is a Boeing Dreamliner that United mechanics serviced on June 9, 2014. The airline replaced a fuel pump pressure switch in response to a problem a flight crew had documented two days before the repair. Instead of immediately performing the required inspection, the FAA said United put the plane back into service.
According to the federal government, United flew the plane 23 times on domestic and international routes before doing the required inspection of the new switch on June 28, 2014.