Mon, Nov 09, 2009
FAA Says Discrepancies Found During Inspection
A Boeing 737 that has been parked
at Alabama's Montgomery Regional Airport for two months has been
grounded by the FAA, after an inspection found minor safety issues
with the aircraft.
FAA inspectors said they found a loose turnbuckle, low tire
pressure, and an access panel door that was not closed properly ...
enough for them to ground the plane until the issues were
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the plane's owners, CSI
Holdings, say the issues have been resolved and they have filed
paperwork to have the grounding lifted by the FAA. In the meantime,
the airport has invoiced CSI $200 per day for a months worth of
storage on the aircraft.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane was flown to
Montgomery on a ferry permit, which allows it to be taken to a
location where repairs can be made. It was originally scheduled to
be flown from Brunswick, Georgia to Kingman, Arizona, but the pilot
landed in Montgomery when he saw a warning light in the
CSI Holdings owner Ron Mays says the storage charges are
unfounded, and that the airport was made aware that the aircraft
would be at the airport for some time. Airport executive director
Phil Perry said he had not had any communication with Mays about
the aircraft prior to its arrival in Montgomery.
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