Colgan Air faces $1.9 million fine, flight attendants didn't complete training

(Courtesy: Bombardier)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal aviation regulators are proposing to fine a regional airline $1.9 million for allegedly allowing flight attendants to work a total of 172 flights after being warned the attendants weren't trained to use the planes' fire extinguisher system.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that Colgan Air of Manassas, Va., allowed 84 newly hired flight attendants to work flights on the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, a twin turbo-prop plane, for a week in November 2009 after being told by FAA inspectors that the flight attendants hadn't completed the required training.

The FAA said the flight attendants were trained with fire extinguishers from another type of plane which operate differently.

Colgan's pilot training and safety regime was strongly criticized after a February 2009 air crash near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people.