FAA Proposes $917,000 Civil Penalty Against Puerto Rico Ports Authority

Published on : Friday, March 18, 2016

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $917,000 civil penalty against the Puerto Rico Ports Authority for alleged aircraft rescue and firefighting violations at three of its commercial airports.

“Maintaining required aircraft rescue and firefighting capabilities is critical to safe airport operations,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.  “Emergency response is one of the most important safety functions that commercial airports perform.”

The allegations are as follows.

Rafael Hernandez Airport

The FAA also alleges the airport’s air carrier runway had a larger than permitted hole in it on March 25, 2015.

Mercedita Airport

Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport

The Puerto Rico Ports Authority has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

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