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August 25, 2001

FAA Proposes $68,750 Civil Penalty Against Sun Country Airlines for Alleged Violation of Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations

FORT WORTH -- The Federal Aviation Administration has
proposed to assess a $68,750 civil penalty against Sun Country
Airlines of Mendota Heights, Minn., for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that on Sept. 15, 2000, Sun Country knowingly
offered, accepted, and transported hazardous materials aboard a
passenger flight from Minneapolis to San Antonio that contained a
small explosive device known as a squib used to ignite
fire-extinguishing material. The material was transported as
company material to another company in San Antonio without
proper packaging, classification, labels or descriptions. In addition,
Sun Country, failed to provide emergency response information
and failed to provide the pilot-in-command, in writing, required
information concerning the shipment. Several violations were
cited in the enforcement letter.

Sun Country had 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter
to respond. Announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made
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.



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