500 non-compliant freighter flights

THE US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a US$298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines (CCIA) for allegedly operating over 500 freighter flights, which were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.

CCIA, a Florida, US-based aircraft, crew, insurance and maintenance operator, supposedly operated the eight non-compliant 727-200 freighters in 2008 and 2009.

The FAA charged that CCIA “permitted an unqualified mechanic to perform certain aircraft inspections and to sign airworthiness releases on the company’s aircraft”.

The agency said 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.

CCIA, which offers airport-to-airport cargo services aboard a fleet of 13 727-200Fs and two 757-200Fs, has 30 days to respond to the agency.

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