For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 14-01
August 23, 2001
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $68,750 civil penalty against Sun Country Airlines of Mendota Heights, Minn., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that on Sept. 15, 2000, Sun Country knowingly offered, accepted, and transported hazardous materials aboard a passenger flight from Minneapolis to San Antonio that contained a small explosive device known as a squib used to ignite fire-extinguishing material. The material was transported as company material to another company in San Antonio without proper packaging, classification, labels or descriptions. In addition, Sun Country, failed to provide emergency response information and failed to provide the pilot-in-command, in writing, required information concerning the shipment. Several violations were cited in the enforcement letter.

Sun Country had 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond. Announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases that involve penalties of $50,000 or more.