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May 9, 2000 Contact: John Clabes/Roland Herwig Phone: 405-954-7500

FAA Seeks $72,000 Civil Penalty Against United Airlines for Shipping Undeclared Oxygen Generator on Fedex

FORT WORTH--The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty against United Airlines Inc. for allegedly offering a damaged, unmarked and undeclared oxygen generator to Federal Express for transportation by air from San Francisco International Airport to a Texas firm.

The alleged violations of federal hazardous materials regulations occurred last July when United shipped the four-pound unexpended oxygen generator from a United stores unit at San Francisco to Aviall Aircraft Parts in Dallas aboard a FedEx cargo aircraft. Aviall employees in Dallas discovered the oxygen generator and notified the FAA. This shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers and it was not properly packaged, marked, labeled or declared as a hazardous material. In addition, United failed to provide the required emergency response information. United did not obtain the DOT approval necessary to ship it by cargo aircraft. As a result, the FAA alleged that United violated several federal hazardous materials transportation regulations. United has 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

Announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with the 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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