For Immediate Release
May 25, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
The Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region has proposed to assess a $75,000 civil penalty against Allison Engine Company of San Diego for allegedly improperly offering a shipment of hazardous materials for transportation by air.
On Feb. 21, 1997 Allison Engine offered a fiberboard box, containing one fuel control unit, to FedEx for transportation by air from San Diego to Indianapolis. The next day, ground-handling workers at the FedEx facility in Memphis, Tenn. discovered the shipment was leaking a significant amount of aviation fuel. Aviation fuel is a flammable liquid, which federal regulations classify as a hazardous material.
FAA proposed to assess the civil penalty because Allison Engine offered the hazardous material shipment for air transportation when it was not properly packaged, classed, described, marked, labeled, and in condition for shipment as required by federal regulations. The company also failed to make emergency response information available to officials designated to respond to or investigate an incident involving the shipment.
Allison Engine had 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.