Outside of the political spotlight, FAA fines airline for weight violations

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The agency also accused the airline of using improper repair procedures to fix an engine of one of its regional jets, an Embraer 135. A mechanic signed off on work being completed that was never performed, the FAA said.

American Eagle will have 30 days to respond to the FAAs proposal for the fines.

During the FAA shutdown, which is projected to have cost the federal government $30 million per day, the agency insisted that safety of planes was not being compromised. The FAA said some safety inspectors continued working for free during the shutdown, paying their own way for flights to airports around the country to inspect planes.

Republicans in the House announced Tuesday that they had filed a bill to provide FAA workers back pay for the time they missed during the furloughs.