FAA proposes $892K fine against Air Methods

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to fine Air Methods Corp. $892,500 for allegedly operating a helicopter that was not airworthy.

The FAA claims Centennial Airport-based Air Methods (Nasdaq: AIRM) operated an Airbus EC-135 helicopter on passenger-carrying flights after the FAA told the company that the helicopter was not airworthy.

The FAA said the helicopter was not repaired after the FAA investigation and "Air Methods operated the helicopter when it was unairworthy; in violation of its operations specifications; after it failed to correct a known defect in the aircraft; and in a careless or reckless manner that endangered lives and property."

“Operators are expected to respond appropriately when FAA inspectors alert them to airworthiness concerns,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, in a statement.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bizj.us/1o8yhi

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