- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland-based SeaPort Airlines is facing federal fines for operating three planes without having them inspected.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/2aCieEO) that the Federal Aviation Administration proposed the $500,000 penalty because it claims the airline flew planes that weren’t cleared to fly. The inspections are intended to prevent failures that could cause an engine to lose power.

President Tim Sieber says the employee responsible for the incident has been terminated and that changes have been made to the entire maintenance division. He says the mishap is not representative of the company today.

SeaPort, which primarily operates out of its Portland and Memphis hubs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February.

Sieber says the fine would have no impact on the company’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy later this year.

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This story has been corrected to show the proposed fine is $500,000, not $50,000.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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