According to a published report, federal officials are ready to hit American Airlines with a hefty penalty of $25 million or more for maintenance shortcomings that led to thousands of canceled flights in 2008. The Wall Street Journal says that the FAA hasn't made a final decision or informed American, and that a decision could still be weeks away.
The proposed fine stems from improper electrical wiring around the landing gear of many of its planes. American was forced to ground its entire fleet of about 300 McDonnell Douglass MD-80-series jets in April 2008 while mechanics fixed the problems. So if they were fixing them what is the problem? Well, FAA officials say that the wiring work could have led to fires and fuel-tank explosions. American said it was a minor matter of improperly spaced clips that held wires together, and that passenger safety was never jeopardized.