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The action by the pilots left about half the passengers without an emergency oxygen source and could have caused death or brain damage if the aircraft had lost pressure during the high-altitude portion of the March 25 flight, a Federal Aviation Administration inspector has said.
Alaska Airlines plans to fire pilots

SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines said Tuesday it will fire two pilots for continuing a flight after they failed to properly pressurize the cabin.
Alaska Air CEO pushes cost-cutting

SEATTLE - When Bill Ayer took over as chief executive of Alaska Air Group in May, he inherited a company that has logged three years of losses, faces a federal criminal investigation and sees little hope for a quick recovery overall for the troubled commercial aviation industry. But in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Ayer said he believes his plan for major cost cuts and wage reductions at Alaska Airlines, the company's flagship carrier, is the antidote to transform the airline, enhance its reputation and expand its reach to destinations far from its Seattle base.


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