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FAA Proposes $55,000 Civil Penalty Against Continental Airlines for Shipping Fuel Boost Pump Aboard Flight

FORT WORTH -- The Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has proposed to
assess a $55,000 civil penalty against
Continental Airlines for allegedly
violating U.S. Department of
Transportation hazardous materials

FAA alleged that Continental improperly
accepted for transportation by air and
transported one of its fuel boost pumps
containing residual amounts of aviation
fuel on a Continental flight from Mexico
City to George Bush International
Airport in Houston, on July 6, 2000.
Residual fuel in the pump is considered
"dangerous goods in machinery" under the
rules and is classified as hazardous

The shipment was discovered by an FAA
special security agent at the ontinental
cargo facility at the Houston airport.
FAA alleged that Continental accepted
hazardous material for transportation by
air when it was not properly described,
packaged, marked or in condition for
shipment as required.

Continental Airlines has 30 days from
receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter
to respond 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 of more.


--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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