FAA Suspends JAL License to Work on U.S. Aircraft: Citing concerns about Japan Air Line’s repair procedures, the carrier said the Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily suspended JAL’s license to do maintenance work on U.S.-owned aircraft. JAL spokesman Shinichi Tajima would not comment on specific concerns raised by the FAA, but he said the airline believes it was meeting the FAA repair standards. The Washington Post reported that the FAA said JAL facilities were contracting out work to non-certified facilities, reusing parts that were supposed to be discarded and not providing proper training to repair personnel. The suspension applies mainly to two contracts JAL has with Continental Micronesia and some Singapore Airlines planes. JAL is Japan’s leading commercial airline.
<i> Times Staff and Wire Reports</i>