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FMCSA shuts down Minnesota bus company

Investigators also found that that On Eagles Wings had failed to ensure that its drivers were properly qualified, licensed and adhering to federal hours-of-service limitations to prevent fatigued driving.

The Trucker News Services

6/24/2014

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Lakeville, Minn.-based On Eagles Wings Charters Inc. to immediately cease all passenger transportation operations after finding that the company was endangering the traveling public by failing to ensure the safety of its vehicles and drivers.

FMCSA safety investigators found that On Eagles Wings Charters had failed to ensure that its buses were systematically inspected, repaired and maintained.  Of five motorcoaches available for dispatch and inspected onsite as part of the federal investigation, four vehicles were immediately ordered out-of-service for serious safety defects.

In all, 40 separate safety violations were recorded for the four vehicles, including inoperative brakes and broken frame rails.

The fifth motor coach inspected was cited for inoperative brakes on one axle and multiple air leaks in the braking system, as well as a damaged windshield.

Investigators also found that that the company had failed to ensure that its drivers were properly qualified, licensed and adhering to federal hours-of-service limitations to prevent fatigued driving.  On Eagles Wings Charters was cited for missing records of duty status, exceeding hours of service limitations, and falsifying records of duty status.

Individually and cumulatively, these violations substantially increase the likelihood of serious injury or death to On Eagles Wings Charters and the motoring public, the FMCSA said.

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