FAA seeks to levy $1.9 million fine on Colgan

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The US Federal Aviation Administration aims to fine Colgan Air $1.9 million, alleging the carrier allowed flight attendants to work 172 revenue passenger hours while not being properly trained to use fire extinguisher systems.

FAA stated the 84 newly hired flight attendants worked on Bombardier Q400 turboprops between 3 November and 9 November 2009 after the agency informed Colgan they had not completed proper training.

The agency stated it inspected Colgan's new-hire flight attendant training for the Q400 on 2 November 2009, and alleged the new attendants were trained on extinguishing systems featured on Colgan's Saab 340s, which operate differently than those used on the Q400.

"The flight attendants' primary responsibility is to know exactly how to handle emergency situations, and they can't carry out that responsibility if they're not properly trained," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.