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July 1, 2002
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: 425-227-2004

FAA Fines Malaysian Airlines $110,000

RENTON, Wa. -- The Federal Aviation
Administration assessed a $110,000
civil penalty against Malaysian
Airlines of Subang, Malaysia, for
violating U.S. Department of
Transportation hazardous materials

The FAA alleged that on July 5, 2001,
Malaysia improperly offered a passenger
service unit with an attached and
undeclared chemical oxygen generator
for transportation by air. The
hazardous materials were not declared,
the crew was not notified the flight
was carrying such materials and the
shipment was in packages that did not
meet specifications for its transport.
Oxygen generators are prohibited from
being transported as cargo on passenger

The shipment flew on a passenger
carrying flight from Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia via Narita, Japan to Los
Angeles. The shipment was transported
via ground transportation from Los
Angeles to Seattle, and delivered to
the Boeing Commercial Repair Facility
where it was opened. The FAA alleged
that Malaysia offered, accepted, and
transported hazardous materials that
were not properly classed, described,
packaged, marked, labeled, or in a
condition for shipment required by the
hazardous materials regulations. FAA
also alleged that Malaysia did not
provide required emergency response

This announcement of the civil penalty
is made in accordance with the FAA's
policy of releasing information to the
public on newly issued enforcement
actions in cases involving penalties of
$50,000 or more.


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