Continental Airlines Gotta Buy 'em a $230K Washer. . .

The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s proposing a $230,000 civil penalty because Continental Airlines Inc. botched the replacement of the nose wheel on one airplane.

One simple mistake. . . . . 230,000 BIG ones.

Hardly what I would call a “simple mistake”.

**warnings in the maintenance manual and on the tire assembly **itself say that leaving out the washer could cause the wheel bearing to fail.

if it’s like most fines imposed by faa it will only be half - 115,000


They will get a slap on the wrist just like every other airline. They may say the fined them but there all in bed together, airline and faa that is.