For Immediate Release

May 1, 2001
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-2015

RENTON, Wash. — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $55,000 civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines of Macon, Ga., for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleged that on August 4, 2000, Atlantic Southeast Airlines employees in Macon offered a fuel pump containing aviation fuel to Federal Express for transportation by air to Seattle. At Boeing Field International, FedEx employees discovered the package had leaked. A fuel pump with fuel remaining in it is considered hazardous material.

The FAA alleged that Atlantic Southeast offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, or in a condition, for shipment as required by hazardous materials regulations. Further, the FAA alleged that Atlantic Southeast Airlines failed to provide an employee who was properly trained and certified to handle hazardous material shipments and that the shipment was not accompanied by required emergency response information.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines will have 30 days from its receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with the FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases involving penalties of $50,000 or more.