Trans States Airlines faces proposed fines totalling $633,000 for allegedly operating two Embraer 145 aircraft on 3,660 flights while the aircraft were not in compliance with federal regulations.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $322,000 penalty against the Bridgeton, Missouri-based airline for allegedly installing radio altimeter antenna cables on two aircraft improperly. These aircraft flew on 268 revenue passenger flights and the FAA says that the inspectors found the new cables "lying unsecured to the airframe" in the aft wing-to-fuselage fairing of both aircraft. The FAA says that "apparently defective" old cables were mounted to the walls where the new cables should have been.
The FAA also says that the airline allegedly improperly installed electrical wiring in one of the aircraft's fuel supply systems, which prompted a proposed fine of $311,000. The administration alleges that the wires were spliced too close to the fuel tank and says these aircraft operated on 3,392 passenger flights while not in compliance with federal regulations.
The FAA discovered the alleged violations in 2009 after the aircraft were returned off of leases. Trans States has 30 days to respond to the FAA after receiving the civil penalty letter.