- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - In a story Sept. 16 about a Federal Aviation Administration investigation, The Associated Press erroneously described the agency’s response to what it described as unsafe runway conditions at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The FAA proposed civil penalties of $735,000. It didn’t fine the city that amount.

A corrected version of the story is below:

FAA proposes penalties for unsafe runways at Cleveland’s airport

FAA proposes penalties for unsafe runways during snowstorms at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed $735,000 in civil penalties against the city of Cleveland for creating unsafe runway conditions during snowstorms at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The agency proposed the penalties in letters dated Sept. 14 that said the city had violated an agreement to adequately staff teams to remove snow and to de-ice runways during storms.

The FAA said violations led to snow and ice accumulating on runways, causing pilots to divert to other airports when they refused to land at Hopkins. FAA officials told the city that federal law permits the agency to impose penalties of up to $27,500 per violation, but it would accept $735,000 to settle the issue.

A city spokesman said officials have had ongoing discussions with the FAA about the violations.

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