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January 28, 2002

FAA Seeks $900,000 Civil Penalty Against American Eagle Airlines

FORT WORTH -- The Federal Aviation Administration has
proposed to assess a $900,000 civil penalty against American
Eagle Airlines for allegedly violating Department of Transportation
hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on one occasion in 2000, American Eagle Airlines
improperly offered for transportation by air an oxygen generator.
American Eagle accepted the shipment and transported it as cargo
aboard a passenger flight. Oxygen generators are forbidden as
cargo on board passenger aircraft. In addition, FAA alleges that
on seven other occasions in 2000, American Eagle improperly
offered oxygen generators to Federal Express for transportation
by air.

In each instance, FAA alleged American Eagle offered the
hazardous materials for transportation when they were not
packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in
condition for shipment as required by regulations. American Eagle
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.

American Eagle has 30 days from the receipt of the civil penalty
notice to respond to the FAA allegations. This news release is
being made in accordance with a policy of publicizing civil
penalties in excess of $50,000.

--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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