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After grounding all flights, California Pacific Airlines now faces lawsuit

Posted: 11:48 PM, Jan 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-26 09:23:55-05
California Pacific Airlines

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - After grounding all flights to repair their aging fleet of planes amid a so-called pilot shortage, California Pacific Airlines is now facing a lawsuit from a former mechanic.

The lawsuit alleges the mechanic warned his superiors that one of CPA’s jets had issues with lubrication and, in his estimation, “is not safe to fly and is a serious flight risk.”

He brought his concerns forward despite feeling “immense pressure to remain quiet,” according to the lawsuit.

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He claims his warning was ignored and the plane remained in operation. Two days later, he says he was fired after having received an angry text from one of his superiors.

10News reached out to CPA’s founder, Ted Vallas, but has not received a response.

Meantime, an employee who did not want to be named told 10News that he has been furloughed indefinitely. He said he was supposed to get paid on January 15th, but has not received his check yet.

In an interview with 10News in early January, Vallas said they were hoping to resume flights in February.

But their booking website remains closed and the employee says they have received no word from managers if, or when, they would ever be coming back to work.