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DOT issues precedent-setting fines for Rochester, MN tarmac delay incident

25-Nov-2009 8:16 AM

Department of Transportation levied (24-Nov-2009) a total civil penalty of USD100,000 against Continental Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines for their roles in causing the passengers on board Continental Express flight 2816 to remain on the aircraft at Rochester International Airport for an unreasonable period of time on 08-Aug-2009. In addition, DOT assessed a civil penalty of USD75,000 against Mesaba Airlines, which provided ground handling for the flight, for its role in the incident. [more]