For Immediate Release

November 3, 2002
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-2004


RENTON, WA — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to impose a $200,000 civil penalty against Frontier Airlines of Denver, CO, for allegedly violating FAA regulations by operating 15 Boeing 737s on 24 flights when they were not in compliance with regulations.

The FAA alleges that between March 20, 2002, and March 27, 2002, Frontier Airlines repeatedly violated its operations specifications for control of the weight and balance of its aircraft.

An FAA review of Frontier's weight and balance records for all of Frontier's flight during this period revealed numerous errors in records for 24 separate flights. Proper weight and balance are critical to the safe operation of an aircraft.

Further, the FAA alleges that Frontier Airlines violated FAA regulations when employees failed to prepare load manifests that contained accurate information about the aircraft's total weight and loading procedures.

Frontier 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.

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