FAA files claims for penalties against AMR

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The Federal Aviation Administration has filed four separate proofs of claim to the US bankruptcy court that detail potential and proposed civil penalties totaling more than $162 million for AMR Corp's carriers American Airlines and its regional subsidiary American Eagle, plus Executive Airlines and Eagle Aviation Services.

The largest claim, totaling $157 million in possible civil penalties, is directed at American Airlines. The second largest claim relates to a $5.29 milion fine against American Eagle. The remaining claims include filing for $630,000 in potential penalties against AMR Eagle's Executive Airlines and a $17,900 possible penalty against Eagle Aviation Services.

The agency filed the four claims on 12 July before a 16 June deadline for general proofs of claim and those filed by the government.

"In accordance with deadlines set by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Federal Aviation Administration filed Proofs of Claim to protect the interests of U.S. taxpayers," says the agency in a statement. "The documents detail both proposed and potential Civil Penalties in connection with ongoing enforcement cases involving both American Airlines and American Eagle. Because these cases remain open, the FAA cannot discuss the details of the individual investigations."

According to reports, the proposed civil penalties are related to alleged safety violations largely related to repair and overhaul.