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Thursday, August 9, 2012

FAA Seeks $1 Million Penalty Against Horizon Air

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday proposed a $1 million civil penalty against Horizon Air for operating flights between 2007 and 2011 on aircraft that were not in compliance with FAA regulations.

FAA claims that the Seattle-based regional subsidiary of Alaska Air operated more than 186,000 flights with security flight deck doors using blind rivets instead of the FAA required solid rivets. The rivets were supposed to be replaced on 22 of Horizon’s Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop planes because blind rivets can damage other aircraft components, including wiring.

The agency also claims that after Horizon was told that the aircraft were not in compliance, the airline operated 22 more revenue flights prior to replacing the rivets. The violations were discovered after Horizon incorrectly placed blind rivets on an aircraft that experienced in-flight wiring damage during a non-revenue flight.

“We expect airlines to comply with all of our safety regulations and to correct safety defects promptly,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Horizon Air spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said that her company plans on meeting with FAA to discuss the proposed $1 million penalty.

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