Deborah D. McAdams /
07.22.2014 03:43 PM
Burned-Out Tower Lights Draw $10,400 Citation
FCC says owner failed to notify FAA
WASHINGTON—A Virginia-based business is being fined $10,400 for letting the lights go out on its antenna and not notifying federal flight authorities right away. Washington Gas Light of Springfield, Va., was cited by the Federal Communications Commission this week over a lighting outage on its antenna structure located in Prince Frederick, Md.

“The Enforcement Bureau alleged that Washington Gas failed to exhibit required lighting on its antenna structure, notify the Federal Aviation Administration immediately of the lighting outage, and inform the commission regarding its purchase of the antenna structure,” the FCC Forfeiture Order states.

Washington Gas pleaded for a reduction in the fine, saying it did notify the FAA before the FCC investigated the situation and had a history of compliance. The FCC contends Washington didn’t notify the FAA until after the investigation. FCC rules require tower owners to “immediately” report to the FAA lighting outages lasting longer than 30 minutes.

“By its own admission, Washington Gas knew about the lighting outage by Oct. 15, 2010, but did not notify the FAA until Oct. 19, 2010,” the Order said.

Washington Gas Light was originally levied a $13,000 fine in September of 2011 in a Notice of Apparent Liability. The commission down-adjusted it to $10,400 based on Washington’s otherwise clean record.


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Posted by: Anonymous
Wed, 07-23-2014 03:35 PM Report Comment the meantime, cleanup operations continue at the site of the crash following the collision of the DC-797 with the unlit tower. Washington Gas Light says "Oops!" and has directed all of the victims' relatives to continue to call !-800-NOT-MYPROB 'til the end of time or when the lawyers finally come to an agreement on fee-splitting and overcharging, whichever occurs last. (sic) (THIS IS ONLY A TERRIBLE JOKE...BUT NOT TOO FAR FROM REALITY...)
Posted by: Anonymous
Wed, 07-23-2014 04:21 PM Report Comment
The disaster that may have been caused by the "bulb" could easily run into millions and loss of innocent lives.

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