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Press Release – FAA Proposes $141,000 Civil Penalty Against Vanair Manufacturing, Inc.

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: (847) 294-7849/Email:

CHICAGO—The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $141,000 civil penalty against Vanair Manufacturing, Inc. of Michigan, Ind., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on Sept. 24, 2013, an employee of Vanair offered one cylinder of flammable butane gas to Southwest Airlines for shipment in checked baggage. Southwest employees discovered the item and notified the FAA. According to Department of Transportation regulations, the gas is forbidden on passenger-carrying aircraft.

The FAA alleges that Vanair did not declare the hazardous materials, and the shipment was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled and in proper condition for shipment under the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA further alleges that Vanair failed to ensure its employees received required hazardous materials training and did not provide emergency response information with the package.

Vanair has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA enforcement letters to respond to the Agency.


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