United Facing $435,000 Fine Over Operating Flights With Unfit Plane

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed fining United Airlines (UAL)  $435,000 for operating 23 flights in 2014 using a Boeing (BA) 787 that the government claims was not in a condition to fly, according to Reuters.

The FAA alleged that in June 2014, United mechanics replaced a fuel pump pressure switch on the aircraft but failed to perform a required inspection before returning the aircraft to service.

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“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. We immediately took action after identifying the issue and are working closely with the FAA in their review,” a United spokesman said.

Shares of United closed lower nearly 2.5% on Tuesday.

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