Atlantic Southeast Airlines facing fine for flying planes struck by lightning, not checking damage

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    An Atlanta-based airline with ties to Delta, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, faces a fine of $425,000 after an FAA investigation concluded that the airline continued to fly passengers in planes that had been hit by lightning, even though it never checked the planes for damage after the lightning strikes.
    The FAA announced the proposed, civil penalty on Thursday.
    ASA is disputing the FAA's findings.
    ASA is a short-haul carrier for Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
    It's not unusual for lightning to strike planes in flight.
    Airliners are built to act as electrical conductors in order to take those 30-million-volts of bolts without sustaining serious damage.

    The pilots usually just continue to their destinations, then the planes undergo detailed damage checks as a precaution, all according to FAA requirements.
    But an FAA investigation of Atlantic Southeast Airlines concluded that after two, in-flight ASA planes were struck by lightning in July, 2008, ASA did not check out the planes immediately upon landing, but continued to keep them in service "not in an airworthy condition" for a total of 13 more flights with passengers aboard -- potentially in a "reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another."

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