FAA proposes fine against Hawaiian

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Updated with Hawaiian statement in last paragraph

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $547,500 fine against Hawaiian Airlines for operating a Boeing 767-300 that did not comply with federal aviation regulations.

The airline allegedly operated the aircraft "thousands of times" when it was not in compliance with a July 2000 airworthiness directive that required inspections of certain engine thrust reverser components, says the agency.

The inspections were needed to prevent a part of the thrust reverser from coming off in flight, which could lead to rapid decompression. The airworthiness directive called for initial and subsequent inspections for wear and tear, and corrective actions if necessary. Replacements of the affected parts were required within four years of the airworthiness directive taking effect.

The FAA says some of the airline's records erroneously showed that the airworthiness directive did not apply to one of the airline's 767s, and that Hawaiian had operated it more than 5,000 times between July 2004 and July 2012.

"The FAA further alleges Hawaiian operated the aircraft on 14 passenger flights after the agency alerted the carrier that some of its records erroneously indicated that the AD did not apply to the aircraft," says the agency, which says that the airline did not keep records of the status of the airworthiness directive for the aircraft.

The airline has requested an informal conference with the FAA to discuss the matter, it adds.

Hawaiian says it does not comment on pending litigation, only saying: "Hawaiian's first commitment is always to safety."