US FAA yesterday proposed civil penalties against American Airlines totaling $7.1 million for allegedly operating aircraft "in violation of FAA regulations" and for alleged "past deficiencies in its drug and alcohol testing program." The agency said that in December 2007 AA "improperly defer[red] maintenance on safety-related equipment" on MD-83s and flew the aircraft 58 times, including 10 revenue flights after an FAA inspector discovered the problem relating to the planes' autopilot ...

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