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February 8, 2002

FAA Proposes $95,000 Penalty Against Aerobal SA for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $95,000 civil penalty against Aerobal SA of
Toluca, Mexico, for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about August 16, 1999, Aerobal SA
improperly offered a fiberboard box containing three 10-liter plastic
containers and one two-liter plastic container of ethanol solution, a
flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling
employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky. discovered
the shipment leaking.

Aerobal SA 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. Aerobal SA 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.

Aerobal SA 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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