For Immediate Release
December 13, 2002
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $51,000 civil penalty against The New Piper Aircraft, Inc., of Vero Beach, FL for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
The FAA alleges that on November 20, 2000, New Piper Aircraft improperly offered a fiberboard box containing one electric fuel pump containing mineral spirits, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.
The New Piper Aircraft offered the hazardous materials for transportation when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. The New Piper Aircraft 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.
The New Piper Aircraft. 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.