FAA Faults Chicago for Jet Skidding Off Runway

The agency said city officials failed to maintain safe operations during snowy and wet conditions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety officials are proposing a civil penalty of nearly $1.6 million against the city of Chicago after a plane slid off any icy runway at O’Hare Airport last November.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Chicago Department of Aviation failed to maintain safe operations during snowy and wet runway conditions.

City spokesman Matt McGrath said Friday that the aviation department disputes the FAA’s findings and will submit additional information.

The FAA said a city plan requires the airport to take certain safety measures if crews on two consecutive flights report poor braking conditions during landings. The FAA said that at least three times on Nov. 11 crews on consecutive flights reported problems with an O'Hare runway, but the city agency didn't limit operations or tell airlines about the situation.

In all, 43 flights used the runway after the first complaints before an American Eagle flight operated by Envoy Airlines slid off the surface. American reported that none of the 38 passengers and three crew members were injured.

The FAA said it warned the city airport agency about similar violations at O’Hare in 2015 and 2016.

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