FAA Proposes $2.4M Fine For Cessna Quality Control Issues

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 9:01am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators want to fine the Cessna Aircraft Co. $2.4 million, saying the company's failure to follow quality-control procedures caused a 7-foot composite section of the wing of small, high-performance plane to detach during a test flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that one of the agency's pilots was conducting a test flight of the Cessna Corvalis last December when a portion of the wing skin separated from the forward spar and damaged a fuel tank. A spar is a beam-like structure inside the wing and is a principal load-bearing component.

The pilot made an emergency landing.

The agency said excessive humidity at a Cessna manufacturing plant in Mexico prevented the bonded materials used to make the wing from curing properly. Thirteen of the planes were ordered grounded.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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