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FAA proposes $500,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines
5 January 2006

The FAA has proposed to assess a $500,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines for allegedly operating a Boeing 737 aircraft on 478 flights when it was not in compliance with federal aviation regulations. The FAA alleged that between July 12 and December 2, 2004, Goodrich Aviation Technical Services, an Alaska Airlines authorized repair and maintenance vendor, performed extensive maintenance on a Boeing 737, but failed to reinstall the floor proximity lighting system`s emergency exit identifier lights, as required by Alaska`s Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program. Without this cabin floor lighting system the aircraft is not in compliance with regulations and may not be operated in revenue service. (FAA)