For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 03-02
January 28, 2002
Contact: John Clabes or Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $192,500 civil penalty against Eagle Aviation Services, Inc., of Fort Worth for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that in August, 1999, Eagle Aviation Services improperly offered a fiberboard box containing an oxygen generator to Federal Express Corporation for transportation by air. An unexpended oxygen generator is a chemical hazardous material classified as an oxidizer. Eagle Aviation Services was aware of this incident on August 19, 1999, but failed to report it to the Federal Aviation Administration until September 28, 2000.

Eagle Aviation Services offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Eagle Aviation Services also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Eagle Aviation has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply 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 penalties of $50,000 or more.