For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 03-00
March 1, 2000
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has assessed a civil penalty of $103,000 against Triad International Maintenance Company of Greensboro, N.C., for offering an unexpended oxygen generator for transportation by air on a passenger aircraft in violation of U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA found an employee of the aircraft maintenance firm offered the boxed generator to Delta Airlines for transportation by air on a passenger-carrying flight from Greensboro via Atlanta to San Antonio, in March 1999. This conduct is in violation of hazardous materials regulations. Oxygen generators are classified as hazardous materials of a type that are forbidden on passenger aircraft.

According to FAA, alleged Triad's employee who packed the shipment failed to declare or mark it as hazardous material. The package was then transported on two separate passenger carrying flights to San Antonio, and delivered to another aircraft maintenance company there which discovered the oxygen generator. The shipment violated a dozen sections of the Federal hazardous materials regulations.

The announcement of this civil penalty assessment is in accordance with FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases that involve penalties of $50,000 or more.