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October 19, 2011

SkyWest Fined $160,000 for Operating Delta Flights with Bad Weight and Balance Data

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By: Matt Molnar
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The FAA on Wednesday proposed a $160,000 fine against SkyWest for operating flights with incorrect weight, balance, cargo and baggage load data.

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SkyWest allegedly operated four revenue flights on March 3, 2011 without accurate load manifests, without properly calculated weight data and were loaded without following FAA-approved company procedures.

The flights all operated to Salt Lake City from San Diego, Phoenix, Omaha and Missoula, Mont., respectively. All four routes are operated with various model Canadair Regional Jets on behalf of Delta Connection, a regional subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.

SkyWest has paid FAA fines for similar infractions eight times previously. The St. George, Utah-based regional carrier has 30 days to respond to the FAA.