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Press Release – FAA Proposes Fine Against Northwest Airlines for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2002
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $130,000 civil penalty against Northwest Airlines of St. Paul, Minn., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on July 25, 2000, during an inspection at the McGhee- Tyson Airport in Alcoa, Tenn., it was discovered that Northwest failed to maintain records documenting that 22 customer service agents and four air freight employees had completed initial and recurrent training in the handling of dangerous goods. Federal regulations require employees who handle dangerous goods to have at least general awareness training to recognize hazardous materials.

Northwest 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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