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Press Release – FAA Seeking $247,500 Civil Penalty Against American Airlines for Shipping Unmarked Oxygen Generator Aboard Fedex

For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 13-02
April 29, 2002
Contact: John Clabes/Roland Herwig
Phone: 405-954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $247,500 civil penalty against American Airlines for offering an unmarked oxygen generator to Federal Express for transportation by air from New York to Tulsa, Okla., a violation of federal hazardous material regulations.

A chemical oxygen generator is classified as hazardous material. The package containing the generator was not properly classed, described, packed, marked, labeled and in condition for shipment when it was offered to Federal Express on Aug. 21, 2001. The shipment was carried onboard a Federal Express flight from JFK airport in New York City to American's maintenance and engineering center in Tulsa, where the violation was discovered by American personnel. In addition, American failed to provide response information and failed to ensure that each of its hazmat employees was properly trained.

American Airlines has 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond. Announcement of the civil penalty is made in accordance with the FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.


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