FAA Proposes Fines for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air

The FAA is proposing $655,125 in fines against Alaska Airlines and its sister airline Horizon Air for two different safety violations.

Horizon Air received an FAA letter regarding a $445,125 civil penalty for allegedly operating a Bombardier Dash-8 400 aircraft on 45 flights when it was not in compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations.

The agency says that Horizon allegedly failed to comply with an airworthiness directive, made effective on March 17, 2011, that required it to inspect its Dash 8-400 nacelle fittings for cracks or corrosion. The AD says that the nacelles need to be inspected every 300 hours, with repairs as needed.

Between March 17 and 23, 2011, Horizon operated the Dash-8 400 aircraft on at least 45 revenue passenger flights when it accumulated more than those 300 hours since the last inspection.

Alaska Airlines, on the other hand, faces a proposed civil penalty of $210,000 for “allegedly failing to properly document and tag deactivated systems and equipment before making repairs.”

The agency says that during 10 occasions between June 19, 2010 and Jan. 13, 2011, Alaska allegedly performed maintenance on six of its Boeing 737s while failing to comply with the “required alternative deactivation procedures.” Alaska allegedly failed to document alternative actions it carried out and to install the appropriate danger tag, which reduces safety hazards as technicians are working on maintenance and to prevent damage to the aircraft parts and systems themselves.

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