FAA proposes $590,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $590,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., for allegedly operating a Boeing 737-400 on 2,107 flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

On Jan. 18, 2010, a flight deck ceiling fire occurred in a Boeing 737-400 while it was parked at the gate at Anchorage International Airport. Investigators determined the fire was caused by chafed wiring that had resulted from improper installation of a hose clamp. Alaska had most recently performed maintenance in the burned area in August 2008.

The B737-400 maintenance manual includes an explicit warning about proper installation of the hose clamp. Alaska subsequently discovered the same problem existed on nine other B737-400s in its fleet and made corrections. There were no other fires.

Alaska Airlines has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

One Response to FAA proposes $590,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines

  1. Stuart Granger says:

    The penalty is too small – Alaskan, as well as other airlines, have successfully killed many hundreds of people who trusted them. Cheap labour, shoddy workmanship and no pride – oh !, I nearly forgot – profits are the main reasons. This incident is NOT an accident.
    Stuart Granger – Bangkok

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