Alaska Airlines settles with U.S. following 2010 cockpit fire

Although denying fault and accepting no responsibility, Alaska Airlines has agreed to pay the government $500,000 to settle civil penalty claims that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has pursued on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The action arose out of a 2010 fire in the ceiling of the cockpit of an Alaska Boeing 737-400 while it was parked at the gate in Anchorage.

The fire was caused by chafed wiring and an improperly positioned clamp.

Alaska has disputed that maintenance providers performed improper work on several of its planes.