For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 13-01
August 7, 2001
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., of Stratford, Conn., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that on October 30, 2000, Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., offered three aviation fuel control units containing residual amounts of a flammable liquid to Federal Express Corporation for transportation by air from Alabama to New Mexico. Residual fuel in the units is considered "dangerous goods in machinery" under the rules and is classified as a hazardous material.

The shipment was discovered by an FAA special security agent at the Federal Express air cargo facility in Albuquerque, three days later. Leaking fuel had saturated a corner of the shipment's outer packing. FAA alleged that Sikorsky Support Services, Inc. offered the shipment of hazardous material when it was not properly classed, described, packaged, labeled, marked or in condition for shipment as required by the regulations. In addition, Sikorsky failed to make emergency response information available.

Sikorsky Support Services, Inc. has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving proposed penalties of $50,000 of more.