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November 1, 2000

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FAA Proposes $50,000 Penalty Against Tampa Airlines for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against Transportes Aeros Mercantiles Panamericanos, S.A. (Tampa Airlines) of Medillin, Colombia and Miami, Fla., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. FAA alleges that Tampa Airlines improperly transported by air 50 fiberboard boxes, each containing two three-liter metal containers of xylenes, a flammable liquid. United States Customs Service agents at Miami International Airport discovered the shipment during a routine inspection.

Tampa Airlines offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Tampa Airlines also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information. Tampa Airlines 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.

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