For Immediate Release

June 21, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $165,000 civil penalty against S.A.I. De Quimica Y Adhesivos (SAI) of Santiago, Chile, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that SAI offered to International Bonded Couriers (IBC) of Santiago, Chile, a freight forwarder, a fiberboard box containing four spray cans of engine starting fluid, a flammable gas. IBC, in turn, offered the package to Lan Chile Airlines for transportation by air to Miami, Fla. The shipment was carried on board a Lan Chile passenger-carrying flight. U.S. Customs inspectors discovered the shipment in Miami during a routine inspection.

SAI offered the hazardous materials for transportation by air when that material was prohibited from being transported aboard a passenger-carrying aircraft. Also, the shipment was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations, and SAI 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.

SAI 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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