For Immediate Release

November 5, 2001
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-2015

RENTON, Wa. — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $150,000 civil penalty against Korean Airlines Co., Ltd. (KALF) of Seoul, Korea for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that KALF employees in Seoul offered, accepted, and transported as cargo an undeclared oxygen generator attached to a Passenger Service Unit. The “cargo only”쳌 aircraft flight occurred Feb. 18, 2001, from Seoul to Los Angeles. The hazardous material was not marked or labeled to identify its hazardous nature, the crew was not notified that the flight was carrying such material nor was the oxygen generator in specification packaging necessary for its proper transport.

KALF then offered the generator to AIT Freight Systems who in turn tendered the shipment to FEDEX for transportation by air from Los Angeles to Seattle and was delivered to Boeing where it was opened and the presence of the hazardous materials disclosed to the FAA.

The FAA alleges that KAL improperly offered, accepted and transported as cargo hazardous materials that were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, or in a condition, for shipment required by the hazardous materials regulations.

KALF has 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.