The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $298,500 civil penalty against Orlando-based Capital Cargo International Airlines for allegedly operating eight Boeing 727 aircraft that did not comply with federal aviation regulations.
The airline had allegedly allowed an unqualified mechanic to perform certain aircraft inspections and sign airworthiness releases on the aircraft, said the agency. The mechanic had not completed a required general familiarisation course for the 727 and did not have prior training or experience equivalent to that course, it added.
"The mechanic had not taken the required examination and the company had not evaluated his prior experience and training to perform required inspections on the 727. As a result, he was not qualified to work on the 727," said the FAA.
The airline operated the aircraft on 46 flights in 2008 and 2009 when the aircraft were not in compliance with regulations, it added.
The mechanic performed inspections on one 727 on 13, 17 and 19 March 2009 even though he was not qualified to do so, said the FAA. The airline operated that particular aircraft on 463 revenue flights when it was not in compliance.
The carrier has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA enforcement letter to respond to the agency.