For Immediate Release

May 1, 2001
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-2015

RENTON, WA — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to impose a $211,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines of Seattle, for allegedly violating FAA regulations by operating an MD-80 aircraft on 47 flights when it was not in compliance with regulations.

FAA said that on March 30, 1999, pilots received an "unsafe landing gear" indication on their control panel. The crew followed Alaska MD-80 procedures and completed the landing with the main landing gear doors extended. The left main landing gear door skid plate was damaged and should have been replaced.

FAA alleged that Alaska Airlines continued to operate the aircraft on 47 flights before replacing the skid plate; and that Alaska Airlines continued to fly the aircraft without approved technical data to support the operation on the aircraft without replacing the plate, a violation of airworthiness regulations.

Finally, the FAA alleges that Alaska Airlines failed to prepare an airworthiness release or logbook entry for those flights.

Alaska Airlines will have 30 days from its receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with the FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases involving penalties of $50,000 or more.