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FAA Says O'Hare Had Violations

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The Federal Aviation Administration says in a report that construction equipment was stored in safety zones at the airport.

The documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune also indicate contractors cut power cables accidentally at least seven times, resulting in equipment failures.

ANDOLINO: A Compromise of safety is major and will not be tolerated at any level. Small or large, we address it all the same.

That’s Rosemarie Andolino, the director of the O’Hare Modernization Program.

She says the issues have been addressed.

ANDOLINO: We added additional personal and again, heightened the training as well to make sure that we didn’t take this for granted.

The FAA says in a statement it continues to perform inspections on a weekly basis, and no passengers were in immediate danger because of the violations.

O’Hare’s expansion is a multi-year plan designed to reduce congestion and flight delays at the nation’s second busiest airport.

For Chicago Public Radio, I’m Alex Helmick.

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