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Press Release – FAA Proposes $400,000 in Penalties For Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

August 19, 1998
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 (After Hours) 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration Central Region has proposed to assess $400,000 in civil penalties against six companies that allegedly improperly offered hazardous materials for transportation by air.

The companies were cited for improperly describing, marking, labeling, and documenting the shipments, or for allowing untrained employees to handle the shipments. All six shipments were protective breathing equipment with an oxygen generator. This equipment is used by flight crew members.

All incidents occurred during November and December 1997. The proposed civil penalties were issued to the companies in July 1998.

These companies have 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.

Company — Proposed Civil Penalty

Midway Airlines Corp., Durham, N.C. — $70,000

Miami Air Intl., Miami Springs, Fla. — 70,000

BF Goodrich Aerospace, Everett, Wash. — 70,000

Fairchild Dornier, Inc., San Antonio, Tex. — 70,000

Saab Aircraft of America, Inc., Sterling, Va. — 60,000

Air Niugini, Boroko Papau, New Guinea — 60,000


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