Federal regulators to hit American Eagle with additional fine


Federal regulators are moving to hit a sister carrier of American Airlines with another penalty topping $2 million for safety violations.

The Federal Aviation Administration said American Eagle operated at least 1,178 flights from February to May 2008 with four jets that had main landing-gear doors that had not been repaired according to government standards. The airline disputed the penalty, which apparently centers on whether the doors were removed from the planes before being fixed. It said safety was not compromised.

The FAA action comes two weeks after the agency proposed a nearly $2.5 million fine against American Eagle for failing to ensure accurate baggage-weight information on dozens of flights.

AMR, the Texas-based parent of the airlines, has 30 days to appeal both fines.