For Immediate Release

April 20, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5180 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Miami International Airport Cargo Facilities & Services (MIA-CFS) of Miami and Ft. Worth, Texas, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that MIA-CFS, a freight forwarder, improperly offered 15 fiberboard boxes containing flammable perfume, to Grupo Taca (Aviateca) Airlines for transportation by air. An FAA review of MIA-CFS training records revealed no evidence of hazardous materials training for 14 employees, who were working under contract for Grupo Taca, with responsibility for accepting and transporting hazardous materials.

MIA-CFS 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.

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