Carriers comment on initial DOT tarmac delay finding

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday the captain of an ExpressJet flight was not to blame for the lengthy tarmac delay in Rochester, Minn., on Aug. 7. DOT is now considering sanctions against Mesaba for incorrectly telling the ExpressJet crew the airport was closed due to security reasons. ExpressJet's spokesperson agreed with DOT's findings, Continental and Delta CEOs issued statements saying they were investigating what happened, and Mesaba's CEO disagrees with the agency's findings, stating DOT's findings don't match results from its own investigation.

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