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December 13, 2002

FAA Proposes $51,000 Penalty Against The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to
assess a $51,000 civil penalty against
The New Piper Aircraft, Inc., of Vero
Beach, FL for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous
materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on November 20,
2000, New Piper Aircraft improperly
offered a fiberboard box containing one
electric fuel pump containing mineral
spirits, a flammable liquid, to United
Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation
by air. Ground handling employees at
the UPS sort facility in Louisville,
KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

The New Piper Aircraft offered the
hazardous materials for transportation
when it was not packaged, marked,
classed, described, documented, or in
condition for shipment as required by
regulations. The New Piper Aircraft
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.

The New Piper Aircraft. 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.


--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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