US FAA on Friday proposed a $530,250 civil penalty against Everett, Wash.-based repair station Aviation Technical Services for allegedly “failing to follow approved procedures while maintaining 14 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737s.” FAA alleged that ATS failed to follow Southwest’s Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program in performing five ADs to detect fuselage skin cracks. The reported violations are said to have occurred between January 2007 and March 2008.

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