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FAA proposes $1,567,968 penalty against O’Hare Airport over snowy runway operations
28 August 2020

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $1,567,968 civil penalty against the operator of Chicago-O’Hare Airport for allegedly failing to ensure safe airline operations during snowy and wet runway conditions.

The Chicago Department of Aviation’s Snow and Ice Control Plan requires the airport to take specific safety actions if two consecutive flight crews report poor braking action after landing. On November 11, 2019, at least two consecutive flight crews reported poor braking action three separate times after landing on runway 10L at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

However, the CDA failed to limit operations on that runway, conduct a runway condition assessment, inform airlines about potentially unsafe conditions or limit operations to safe portions of the airport, the FAA alleges. The CDA allowed a total of 43 aircraft to land on runway 10L following the consecutive reports of poor braking action, the FAA alleges. One of those aircraft, an Envoy Airlines Embraer EMB-145, slid off the runway due to poor braking action.