FAA Proposes Fine for Horizon

 - June 5, 2012, 4:50 AM

Last month the FAA proposed fining Seattle-based Horizon Air $445,125 for allegedly operating a Bombardier Q400 turboprop on 45 flights after failing to comply with an AD that calls for the airline to inspect for cracked or corroded engine nacelle fittings.

The AD, dated to take effect on March 17 last year, ordered inspections of the nacelles every 300 operating hours and completion of repairs as needed.

The FAA alleges that Horizon conducted the revenue flights with the airplane between March 17 and March 23, 2011, by which time it had accumulated more than 300 hours of flight time since its last inspection. Horizon parent Alaska Air Group insists its regional subsidiary performed the inspection but failed to document it properly “due to a misunderstanding over wording on the work order.”