US FAA yesterday proposed its highest-ever civil penalty, a $24.2 million fine against American Airlines for allegedly "failing to correctly follow" a 2006 Airworthiness Directive regarding MD-80 maintenance. The agency said in a statement that 286 AA MD-80s were operated on a combined 14,278 passenger flights in 2008 while not in compliance with federal regulations. FAA alleged AA "did not follow steps outlined in [the AD] requiring operators to inspect wire bundles ...

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