For Immediate Release

June 19, 1999
Contact: John Clabes
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to assess an $80,000 civil penalty against Northwest Airlines for alleged violations of the Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Regulations. The FAA alleged that Northwest Airlines improperly offered, accepted, and transported 120 oxygen generators aboard a ferry positioning flight from Zurich to Amarillo, Texas.

SR Technics, Northwest's contract agent, prepared the generators for shipment in 11 fiberboard boxes and loaded them on a Northwest DC-10 flight to Amarillo on June 15, 1998.

The FAA alleged Northwest failed to properly describe, package, mark and label the generators. In addition some of the oxygen generators did not have at least one means of preventing unintentional activation. The airline was cited for alleged violation of several hazardous material regulations found in an October investigation by the FAA.

The airline had 30 days from receipt of the FAA's notice to submit a reply.

The announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.