FAA Fines Alaska Airlines For Safety Violations

Law360, New York (September 9, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT) -- The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that it would fine Alaska Airlines $590,000 for making thousands of flights with 10 Boeing 737 jets with an improperly installed clamp that eventually caused a ceiling fire in one of the planes.

Chafed wiring from a misplaced hose clamp that had not been checked since 2008 caused a fire in one of the jets during a maintenance inspection in January 2010, according to an enforcement letter sent to the Seattle-based airline in July and released publicly on Friday....
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