United Airlines facing fines for flying unsafe plane

MGN Online

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- The government is accusing United Airlines of flying an unsafe plane.

The FAA wants to fine United Airlines for purportedly operating an airplane that was "not in air-worthy condition”.

United mechanics replaced a fuel pump pressure switch on one of the carrier's Boeing 747 jetliners back in 2014. However, the FAA claims the airline did not complete a required inspection of the repair before the plane resumed flying.

In fact, It says United flew the aircraft on 23 domestic and international passenger flights before the inspection was performed.
According to the FAA, the two flights happened after it notified United about the problem.

In a statement United responded that it, “"immediately took action after identifying the issue... And are working closely with the FAA in their review."

The FAA is proposing a $435,000 fine against the airline.