For Immediate Release

July 1, 2002
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425)227-2004

RENTON, Wa. — The Federal Aviation Administration assessed a $110,000 civil penalty against Malaysian Airlines of Subang, Malaysia, for violating U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleged that on July 5, 2001, Malaysia improperly offered a passenger service unit with an attached and undeclared chemical oxygen generator for transportation by air. The hazardous materials were not declared, the crew was not notified the flight was carrying such materials and the shipment was in packages that did not meet specifications for its transport. Oxygen generators are prohibited from being transported as cargo on passenger aircraft.

The shipment flew on a passenger carrying flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via Narita, Japan to Los Angeles. The shipment was transported via ground transportation from Los Angeles to Seattle, and delivered to the Boeing Commercial Repair Facility where it was opened. The FAA alleged that Malaysia offered, accepted, and transported hazardous materials that were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, or in a condition for shipment required by the hazardous materials regulations. FAA also alleged that Malaysia did not provide required emergency response information.

This announcement of the 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.