The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposes a $360,000 civil penalty against Empire Airlines, Inc. of Hayden, Idaho, for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges that one of the airline’s Cessna Caravans experienced a lightning strike. The aircraft maintenance manual requires the propeller be removed from service following such an event and inspected for damage at an authorized aircraft repair station. The FAA alleges that two days after the lightning strike, Empire inspected the aircraft as a result of the event but failed to send the propeller to
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