Fri, Sep 25, 2009
FAA Found Problems During A Routine Inspection
The FAA has cited O'Hare
International Airport for a list of safety violations it says
jeopardizes safety at the airport.
In a "Letter of Correction", the FAA told airport officials that
the airport is out of compliance with federal aviation safety laws.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the letter outlines violations
ranging from debris on the runway to unkept grass and weeds, which
attract birds and other wildlife.
FAA inspectors reportedly found rocks, trash and wood survey
stakes used during recent runway and taxiway construction at the
airport. They also identified "potentially hazardous ruts,
humps (and) depressions" on the surface if the airport's newest
runway, which opened last year.
The paper goes on to report that the FAA accuses O'Hare
authorities of submitting false statements in its self-inspection
program. "The daily self-inspection records do not reflect actual
conditions in the field, violations have not been noted on the
self-inspection records that are evident in the field," the letter
Karen Pride, spokeswoman for the Aviation Department, told the
Tribune that most of the violations have already been corrected.
Others, including correctly filing reports and training for those
driving ground vehicles on the airport grounds will be addressed by
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