FAA proposes $210,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines

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Published: May 14, 2012

The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $ 210,000 against Seattle-based Alaska Airlines (AS) for allegedly failing to properly document and tag deactivated systems and equipment before making repairs.

In a statement, the FAA alleged that on 10 occasions between June 19, 2010, and Jan.13, 2011, AS performed maintenance on six of its Boeing 737 airplanes but failed to document the alternative actions it took and install the appropriate danger tag. “These requirements are safety measures designed to reduce hazards to technicians during maintenance and to prevent potential damage to the aircraft and onboard systems,” FAA said.

An AS spokesman told ATW , “In these instances, Alaska performed the required maintenance work according to the aircraft manufacturer’s specifications; however, we did not properly document the alternate procedure. The maintenance was performed during ground operational checks and at no time were passengers or employees in danger.”

Since receiving the letter of investigation, AS said it has “implemented a number of changes to ensure compliance, including revising the maintenance manual, implementing a new training program for aircraft technicians and performing routine compliance audits. We are also working cooperatively with the FAA to resolve the proposed penalty,” the spokesman told ATW .

AS has 30 days to respond to the agency.

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