May 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM ET
The Federal Aviation Administration proposed fines against Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air on Thursday. Both Seattle-based airlines are owned by the Alaska Air Group, Inc.
The FAA has proposed a penalty of $210,000 against Alaska Airlines for "allegedly failing to properly document and tag deactivated systems and equipment before making repairs," according to a statement released today.
These safety measures, the FAA said, are designed to reduce hazards to maintenance technicians and prevent damage to the aircraft and onboard systems. The FAA alleges that the airline failed to install the appropriate danger tag on 10 occasions between June 19, 2010, and January 13, 2011, when it serviced six Boeing 737 jets.
The FAA has proposed a $445,125 penalty against Horizon Air for allegedly operating a Bombardier regional turboprop plane on 45 flights when it was not in compliance with federal regulations. The airline failed to inspect for "cracked or corroded" engine coverings during a mandated time frame, according to a statement released today.
Bobbie Egan, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines, told msnbc.com that since the FAA's investigation, "Alaska 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."
Egan also said that Horizon Air had performed the required inspection of engine coverings, but that the airline did not properly document the maintenance due to a misunderstanding.
"The aircraft was immediately removed from service the day after the inspection when we realized we had incorrectly documented the work," Egan said. "The aircraft was re-inspected and found to be in proper order."
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