A Burbank cargo carrier is facing a Federal Aviation Administration fine of $150,000 for alleged poor maintenance of a windshield leak on one of its aircraft, it was announced Wednesday.

The FAA alleges that on Jan. 8, 2010, an Ameriflight pilot noted in the Beech BE-99 aircraft’s maintenance log that water was leaking in through a gap in the windshield above the co-pilot’s visor.

The same day, an Ameriflight mechanic “patch sealed” the windshield by applying sealant over the gap, according to the FAA, and the turboprop aircraft was returned to service four days later.

Four months later, an Ameriflight mechanic again patch sealed the gap in the windshield and returned the aircraft to service, according to the FAA, which contends that patch sealing over the windshield gap was not acceptable maintenance.

“As a consequence of the gap and patch sealing placed over it, the FAA alleges the aircraft was not airworthy,” according to a statement released by the agency.

An Ameriflight representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ameriflight has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s civil penalty letter to respond to the agency.

City News Service

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