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Plane with bad engine flew 80 times

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WASHINGTON (AP)-- Federal regulators are proposing to fine a feeder airline, Corporate Air, $455,000 for allowing a small plane to carry passengers on 80 flights despite an engine that needed repair.

The Federal Aviation Administration says that the airline flew the Beech 1900C, a 19-passenger twin-engine turboprop plane, without repairing its right engine, which was consuming excessive amounts of oil.

Executives with Corporate Air didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.  The Billings, Mont., company has scheduled flights in nine states in Montana, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.  It also operates six aircraft repair and maintenance facilities, according to a company website.

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