For Immediate Release

February 8, 2002
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $95,000 civil penalty against Aerobal SA of Toluca, Mexico, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about August 16, 1999, Aerobal SA improperly offered a fiberboard box containing three 10-liter plastic containers and one two-liter plastic container of ethanol solution, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky. discovered the shipment leaking.

Aerobal SA offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Aerobal SA 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.

Aerobal SA 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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