WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said today that it has proposed a $9.5-million fine against Eastern Airlines for alleged safety and record-keeping violations, the largest penalty ever sought against an airline.
The agency said the proposed fine, its size contested by the carrier, stemmed from Eastern's alleged failure to carry out inspections and repairs and to comply with maintenance procedures.
The FAA said the suspected violations, many of them stemming from record keeping and some going back to as early as 1981, were uncovered during a nearly three-month inspection.
Officials said Eastern has submitted a comprehensive plan that would correct the situation.
Rep. Norman Y. Mineta (D-San Jose), chairman of a House aviation subcommittee, said today that he had asked FAA chief Donald Engen whether the problems were severe enough to shut down Eastern.