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Sep152011

FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against Colgan Air

PRNewsFoto/Pinnacle Airlines Corp.(WASHINGTON) -- The FAA has fined Colgan Air nearly $2 million because the airline allegedly never properly trained flight attendants on how to operate the cabin fire extinguisher system.

Colgan Air, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines, of Manassas, Va., allegedly allowed their flight attendants to work on 172 passenger flights without the proper training.

There are 84 newly-hired flight attendants who worked between Nov. 3 and Nov. 9 of 2009 after the FAA told Colgan that they had not completed the required training. After FAA inspection, they allege that the flight attendants were trained with fire extinguishers used on the Saab 340s, but not on the Q400s, which operate differently.

Colgan has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's letter to respond.

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