Enforcement Reports – FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the government agency responsible for airline safety regulation. It oversees all commercial passenger and cargo flights in the United States. Flight regulations are meant to ensure the safety of passengers on the plane, the crew on board, and people on the ground. Air travel is inherently dangerous, and letting profit-driven companies operate without adhering to FAA safety regulations would be disastrous.
Nervous passengers can rest assured that the FAA does everything possible to avoid accidents. However, many airlines will do whatever is necessary to maintain profitability, and this often means trying to get around certain safety regulations.
Frequently Violated FAA Safety Regulations
- Transporting hazardous materials
- Expired licenses
- Poor aircraft maintenance
- Failure to follow in-flight regulations
- Poor record-keeping
Violations of FAA safety regulations occur in two separate categories, routine and exceptional. Routine violations represent the willful departure from recognized FAA standards that govern airline safety. Routine violations are commonly known as “bending the rules” and are often tolerated or sanctioned by management.
Exceptional violations appear isolated and not indicative of typical behaviors, nor condoned by management. While most exceptional violations are extremely detrimental to airline safety, they are not considered “exceptional” because of their severity. It merely means that they are not typical violations.
Depending on the severity, any violation of flight regulations is subject to administrative action, civil penalties, and criminal prosecution.
Accidents Caused by Violations of Airline Safety Regulation
FAA safety regulations may be viewed as cumbersome or costly by management and ownership, but they are intended to protect people from unnecessary danger. You should expect that flight regulations are being followed, and when they are not, you have legal options.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed by an aircraft that was in violation of airline safety regulation, contact an aviation attorney. You may be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Even if you are unsure of the cause, we can investigate the accident to determine what happened and why. Contact us for more information.