FAA Proposes $97,500 Civil Penalty Against Agrarflug Helilift of Germany for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

Friday, June 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $97,500 civil penalty against Agrarflug Helilift GMBH & Co. of Ahlen, Germany, for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on Mar. 30, 2017, Agrarflug offered a helicopter containing approximately 300 gallons of flammable aviation fuel to Cargolux Airlines for shipment by air from Humble, Texas, to Ahlen, Germany. On Mar. 31, 2017, Cargolux discovered fuel leaking from the helicopter at Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

The FAA alleges that Agrarflug failed to drain and securely close the fuel tank. The agency further alleges that the helicopter was not in the proper condition for shipment. Additionally, Agrarflug failed to provide emergency response information and required documents describing the shipment, the FAA alleges.

Agrarflug is scheduled to meet with the FAA in July to discuss the case.