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.
Another press release from the FAA indicates a proposed civil penalty against Horizon Air in the amount of $445,125.00 for allegedly operating a Bombardier Dash-8-400 aircraft on 45 flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations, see below for a copy of the FAA press release:
May 3, 2012
Contact: Allen Kenitzer or Mike Fergus
FAA Proposes $445,125 Civil Penalty Against Horizon Air
SEATTLE – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $445,125 civil penalty against Horizon Air of Seattle for allegedly operating a Bombardier Dash-8-400 aircraft on 45 flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
The FAA alleges Horizon failed to comply with an airworthiness directive (AD) that required the airline to inspect for cracked or corroded engine nacelle fittings on its Dash-8-400 aircraft. The AD, with an effective date of March 17, 2011, ordered inspections of the nacelles every 300 operating hours, and repairs as needed.
Between March 17 and 23, 2011, Horizon operated the aircraft on at least 45 revenue passenger flights when it had accumulated more than 300 hours of flight time since its last inspection.
Horizon has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.
To view the press release via the FAA website, click here.
For more information about FAA civil penalties, click here.