Five Different Companies Fined From $50,000 To $150,000
The FAA has proposed to assess civil penalties ranging from
$50,000 to $150,000 against two airlines and three shippers for
alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations or U.S.
Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials
The proposed penalties include:
$150,000 against Lion Mentari Airlines of Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, for allegedly shipping a chemical oxygen generator inside
an unmarked metal case from Kuala Lumpur to Dallas. DOT classifies
chemical oxygen generators as a hazardous material, and they may
not be shipped on passenger-carrying aircraft.
$53,000 against Stewart & Stevenson, LLC, of Houston, for
allegedly shipping a box containing eight gallons of touch-up paint
to FedEx Corp. for transportation by air when the package was not
properly identified as containing hazardous materials and was not
accompanied by the appropriate documentation. DOT classifies
flammable materials as hazardous. The case has been
$121,000 against Trans States Airlines, Bridgeton, MO, for
allegedly operating four flights from Norfolk, VA to Miami on
September 2, Oct. 6, 18 and 20, 2008, that flew more than 50
nautical miles from the nearest U.S. shoreline. The FAA
alleges the aircraft used did not carry required equipment for
extended overwater operations, including life preservers, life
rafts with a locator light for each occupant, a pyrotechnic
signaling device for each life raft, an emergency locator
transmitter, and survival kit attached to each raft.
$70,000 against Shanghai Fountainhead Electronics Co., Ltd., of
Shanghai, for allegedly violating DOT hazardous materials
regulations by offering 12 boxes of lithium-ion phosphate
rechargeable batteries for shipment by air to the U.S. aboard a
passenger-carrying aircraft, which is prohibited. The case has been
$50,000 against SOSGlobal Express of New Bern, NC, for
violating DOT hazardous materials regulations by allegedly offering
15 boxes of lithium-ion batteries for shipment by air aboard a
passenger-carrying aircraft, which is prohibited.
The companies have 30 days from the date the civil penalty
letter is received to respond to the agency.