Southwest Airlines AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES / Karen BLEIER
WORTH, Texas -- Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) announced that it is proposing a $325,000 civil penalty against Dallas-based
The FAA is accusing the airline of operating an aircraft that had been improperly
modified, violating Federal Aviation Regulations.
Aug. 29, 2011, maintenance personnel improperly installed a switch that enables
flight crews to test the windshield heating system on a Boeing 717 that AirTran
Airways Inc. was operating, the FAA says.
Also, the FAA said in a news release that proper
installation of the switch would have allowed personnel to isolate the
windshield anti-ice system that was causing a warning that the windshield
heater was failing. Instead, the center and left windshield warning systems
were reversed. The right windshield warning system continued to operate
properly. The aircraft was operated on 1,140 passenger flights before the
problem was corrected.
has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's civil penalty letter to respond.
Southwest is in the process of merging with AirTran.