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Thursday, September 3, 2015

FAA Proposes $360,000 Civil Penalty

Against Empire Airlines

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: September 1, 2015
Contact: Ian Gregor
Phone: 310-725-3580; Email:

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposes a $360,000 civil penalty against Empire Airlines, Inc. of Hayden, Idaho, for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that one of the airline’s Cessna Caravans experienced a lightning strike. The aircraft maintenance manual requires the propeller be removed from service following such an event and inspected for damage at an authorized aircraft repair station.

The FAA alleges that two days after the lightning strike, Empire inspected the aircraft as a result of the event but failed to send the propeller to an authorized repair station. The agency alleges the carrier returned the aircraft to service without performing a complete lightning strike inspection.

Empire operated the aircraft on 35 revenue flights before removing its propeller from service and sending it to an authorized repair station for the required inspection, the FAA alleges. The aircraft was not in an airworthy condition during those flights, the FAA alleges.

Empire is scheduled to meet with the FAA in late September to discuss the case.


  1. Yikes.

    Maybe in future, when a propeller is STRUCK, an
    e-mail alert will AUTOMATICALLY be sent to the

    1. No Kidding Dan! I needed time to write so I thought I would post what's been popping into my inbox.
      Yikes is what I said too! Thanks for the comment!


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