FAA Ends Probe of Hopkins Snow Removal

An investigation into snow and ice removal at Cleveland Hopkins Airport has closed without further action.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was satisfied with changes the airport has made in the wake of a settlement the agency reached with Hopkins five years ago.

 “The city of Cleveland has made substantial improvements in the processes, equipment, staffing, and management of the implementation of the snow and ice control plan,” wrote Susan Mowery-Schiak, the director of the FAA’s airports division.

In 2015 the FAA fined Hopkins $735,000 for failing to adequately staff snow removal teams and deice runways. The resulting conditions led some flights to divert to other airports.

The FAA found that airport officials failed to alert air carriers of the poor conditions and to deter planes from taxiing or landing on slick, hazardous surfaces.

FAA investigators listed dozens of dates between 2013 and 2015 when staffing at Hopkins fell far short of requirements.

This past May, airport officials informed the FAA of improvements they have made and how Hopkins has fully complied with a settlement reached with the agency in 2016.

The FAA had threatened to levy additional fines on Hopkins unless it had taken action.

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