For Immediate Release

August 19, 1999
Contact: Arlene Salac, Jim Peters
Phone: (718) 553-3015

New York – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to assess a civil penalty of $52,500 against Corporate Maintenance Service, Inc., of Portland, Oregon, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Corporate Maintenance Service improperly offered to Federal Express for transportation by air a shipment that contained a cylinder of liquefied, flammable petroleum gas. The hazardous material was shipped to New York from Portland on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. One day after its arrival, the package burst into flames at the air cargo carrier’s sort facility in New York City.

FAA alleges that Corporate Maintenance Service failed to properly package, mark, label, describe, document and inspect the shipment in accordance with DOT hazardous materials regulations. The shipper also failed to train its employees who had responsibility for the shipment as to the applicable hazardous materials regulations.

Corporate Maintenance Service has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.