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FAA moves to fine FedEx for improper plane repairs

FAA moves to fine FedEx for improper plane repairs
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to fine FedEx for allegedly failing to properly repair an airplane part. 

The agency said Thursday that the company violated federal protocols for repairs when it fixed a horizontal stabilizer tab on a Boeing 727 aircraft that was flown on 133 noncompliant flights. The part was not rebalanced after being painted following the completion of its repairs, according to the agency. 

The FAA is proposing a $417,500 fine. 

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"Safety depends on every operator paying close attention to every regulatory requirement,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. “It’s also critical for operators to implement internal controls to ensure that they’re following all applicable protocols and regulations.”

The FAA said FedEx has requested to meet with agency officials to discuss the alleged violations.