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US fines Compass for failing to provide weather data

The US Federal Aviation Administration proposes an $869,125 fine against Compass Airlines for failing to give flightcrews full weather information on a number of flights to Mexico.

The regulator cites 47 flights operated by the Trans States Holdings-subsidiary operating as Delta Connection to Monterrey, Mexico, where the airline failed to provide the required Mexican meteorological data to flightcrews from May to June 2015, in a notice on 27 October.

“It is imperative that all operators have complete and accurate weather information,” says FAA administrator Michael Huerta in a statement. “That ensures they’re aware of potentially dangerous clear air turbulence, thunderstorms and low-altitude wind shear, all of which could affect the safety of flight.”

Compass has 30 days to respond to the allegations, the regulator says.

The airline was not immediately available for comment.

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