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Hawaiian Airlines Jet Allegedly Flew 5,000 Times Without a Single Proper Inspection

Apr 15, 2014 4:00 am

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Only one part of the jet’s engine was overlooked, but the allegations bring up the scary question of which other jets are also flying without a complete inspection.

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A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 787 at the gate. Peter / Flickr


The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.

The FAA said Monday it is suggesting a fine of nearly $548,000 for the Honolulu-based airline. Airline and FAA officials say the company asked for an informal meeting to discuss the matter.

The agency says Hawaiian didn’t comply with a 2000 directive that established inspections of specific engine thrust reverser components. FAA officials say Hawaiian operated a Boeing 767-300 on more than 5,000 flights without complying with the directive.

The agency says a 2012 inspection found Hawaiian records wrongly said the directive didn’t apply to the aircraft.

An airline spokeswoman declined comment on the allegations but says Hawaiian’s first priority is safety.

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