For Immediate Release

July 30, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Fann Instruments Co., of Houston, Tex. for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA cited Fann Instruments Co. for improperly offering for transportation by air, five one-gallon metal containers of xylene, which is a flammable liquid. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the shipment leaking through the fiberboard box in which it was packaged.

Fann Instruments Co. offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Fann Instruments Co. also failed to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Fann Instruments Co. 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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