American Airlines said $7.1 million in civil penalties for alleged safety violations proposed last week by US FAA are "excessive" (ATWOnline, Aug. 15). The agency alleged that AA "used the wrong provisions of its Minimum Equipment List to return two MD-83 aircraft to service after pilots had reported problems, and flew the planes 58 times in violation of FAA regulations. The MEL contains components and systems without which the aircraft may operate safely under specific limitations, as ...

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