FAA proposes $715,000 fine for Allegiant over engine work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety regulators have proposed a fine of more than $715,000 against Allegiant Air, saying the discount airline failed to properly fix an engine that put out hotter-than-normal exhaust fumes.

Allegiant said Friday that it followed a procedure approved by the manufacturer and the government.

The incident happened in April 2018 with one of the McDonnell-Douglas MD-88 planes that Allegiant has since retired.

The Federal Aviation Administration said after a takeoff in Virginia, Allegiant properly turned off the automatic reverse thrust system on the engine, as recommended by the manufacturer.

But rather than taking the next step of finding the reason that the exhaust gas was too hot, Allegiant deactivated the jet’s reverse thrust system and operated 28 flights over the next eight days, the FAA said.

Allegiant said it followed a procedure developed by…

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