FAA has proposed fining Hawaiian Airlines $547,500 for operating a Boeing 767-300 that was not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.
The agency alleged that Hawaiian operated the aircraft thousands of times when it was not in compliance with a July 2000 Airworthiness Directive (AD) that required inspections of certain engine thrust reverser components. The purpose of the AD was to prevent a portion of the thrust reverser from coming off during flight, which could cause a rapid decompression of the aircraft.
During a July 2012 inspection, FAA discovered that some of Hawaiian's records erroneously showed the AD did not apply to one of its Boeing 767 aircraft. The agency alleged that Hawaiian operated the aircraft more than 5,000 times — mostly on passenger flights — between July 2004 and July 2012 when it was out of compliance with the AD. FAA further alleged Hawaiian operated the aircraft on 14 passenger flights after the agency alerted the carrier that some of its records erroneously indicated that the AD did not apply to the aircraft.
Additionally, FAA alleged that Hawaiian failed to keep required records of the status of the AD for the aircraft in question.
Hawaiian has requested an informal conference with FAA to discuss the matter.