8/20/2010

The FAA is preparing to levy fines of at least $25 million against American Airlines for maintenance violations that occurred more than two years ago, The Wall Street Journal reports. American grounded its entire fleet of MD-80 aircraft in April 2008 to fix wiring problems near the landing gear, though the company always maintained it was a minor issue that posed no threat to safety. American says it has "always maintained its aircraft to the highest standards" and that its in-house maintenance program is superior to other carriers, which typically outsource the upkeep of their aircraft.

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