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Published March 23, 2010, 11:16 AM

FAA Proposes Fine Against Northwest Airlines

Federal regulators are proposing a fine of almost $1.5 million against Northwest Airlines because it didn't inspect wires near the cockpit windows on some of its planes.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Federal regulators are proposing a fine of

almost $1.5 million against Northwest Airlines because it didn't

inspect wires near the cockpit windows on some of its planes.

The proposed civil penalty has its roots in a 1990 order by the

Federal Aviation Administration to inspect the wires in the heating

system for the cockpit windows in its Boeing 757s. The FAA says

that if the wires are too small, they could overheat and possibly

cause a fire.

However, the inspection didn't get included in Northwest's

maintenance manual. The FAA says Northwest continued to fly some of

the planes even after the problem was discovered in May 2008. Delta

Air Lines Inc. bought Northwest later that year.

The airline has 30 days to respond to the FAA.

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