Alaska Air submits plans to improve its heavy maintenance practices

Posted: Friday, June 09, 2000

SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines on Friday filed its response to the Federal Aviation Administration's concerns over the company's maintenance practices.

A recent audit and inspection by the FAA turned up more than 150 cases of missing or incomplete maintenance records, the agency announced last week.

Although further investigation found that the maintenance in question had been adequately performed, the FAA is considering stripping Alaska of the right to perform heavy maintenance.

Alaska officials said the filing summarizes improvements the airline has already implemented, along with plans for further actions.

The contents of the filing were not made publicly available. FAA spokesman Les Dorr said a team of inspectors will begin verifying Alaska's plan in a visit to the company's maintenance facilities next week.

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