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September 21, 2000

Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory

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FAA Proposes $80,000 Fine Against Northwest Airlines CHICAGO, IL (September 21, 2000) -

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess an $80,000 civil penalty against Northwest Airlines of Eagan, Minn., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges Northwest Airlines offered the shipment to Federal Express on April 26, 1999, for transportation by air from Minneapolis to Pacific, Missouri, via Federal Express. The fiberboard box contained a plastic toolbox, which held a one-quart metal can and eight-ounce plastic bottle containing stain, a flammable liquid; two one-pint bottles containing clear solvents, both flammable liquids; and six metal aerosol spray cans containing paint related materials classed as flammable gases.

The FAA alleges Northwest offered the shipment when it was improperly described, classed, packaged, marked and labeled for transportation by air. The box was discovered leaking when it arrived of the FedEx facility at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Northwest Airlines had 30 days from its receipt of the FAA's Civil Penalty Letter to respond to the allegations.

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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