As a result of the violations Paul recorded in this
investigation, the FAA
initiated an enforcement action against the airline and sought a substantial
fine. Leaking fuel lines are considered
a major violation of
aircraft safety rules.
The airline denied that there was any leak on this
aircraft. The FAA agreed
to re-inspect the aircraft with safety personnel from the airline.
When investigators actually looked at the
suspect fuel line, they found no
It turns out that the “fresh drops” were a result of
refueling the plane. As
the fill hose was disconnected, some excess fuel ran down the fuel line and left the drops. This occurred
just prior to the