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FAA Proposes $247,500 Fine Against Hainan Provincial Aviation

RENTON, Wa. -- The Federal Aviation
Administration has proposed to assess a
$247,500 civil penalty against Hainan
Provincial Aviation of Haikou, Hainan,
China, for allegedly violating U.S.
Department of Transportation hazardous
materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on July 19, 2001,
HPA 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 route of this package was Haikou to
Beijing. The shipment then flew on a
United Airline passenger flight from
Beijing, to Narita, Japan, to San
Francisco. Calif., arriving on July 20,
2001. In the United States the
shipment was transferred to ground
transportation and arrived in Seattle,
July 23, 2001. The Boeing Seattle
Service Center opened it and discovered
the oxygen generator.

FAA alleged that HPA offered as cargo,
hazardous materials that were not
properly classed, described, packaged,
marked, labeled, or in a condition for
shipment required by the hazardous
materials regulations. FAA further
alleged that Hainan did not provide
required emergency response

HPA will have 30 days from its receipt
of the FAA's enforcement letter to
respond to the agency. This
announcement of the proposed 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.


--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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