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FAA says owner of WWII bomber that crashed at Bradley, killing 7, can no longer carry passengers

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The FAA said the discrepancies discovered during its inspection "indicate maintenance, or lack thereof, occurred in a manner contrary to maintaining the aircraft" in accordance with its general maintenance manual.

An inspection of maintenance records "lack key information and, in some cases, indicate maintenance was either not performed at all or was performed in a manner contrary to ... requirements."

Allowing the Collings Foundation to continue to carry passengers aboard its aircraft "would adversely affect safety," according to the decision. The FAA continues to gather facts, the decision reads, "that indicate Collings lacked a commitment to safety (and) did not take seriously its safety management system program."

The NTSB has not completed its final investigative report into the crash of the Collings B-17 at Bradley.

Collings can appeal the FAA finding if it can show it has additional facts, the FAA made a factual error or the FAA did not correctly interpret the law.


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