FAA Proposes Fines Against FedEx

For Alleged Hazmat Violations

By James Ott

x.gifThe FAA is proposing a $689,800 fine against express operator FedEx, alleging that the company failed in its obligations to provide pilots with accurate information on hazardous materials carried on 89 flights nearly two years ago.
Alleged violations were found in a month-long inspection ending Oct. 1, 2009, at the FedEx facility at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn. In a 15-page letter, FAA lawyers said records show that FedEx has a “history” of violating hazardous materials regulations over the past five years.
The 89 flights from Bradley carried largely compressed gas, flammable liquids, cyanides, paint and explosives. The FAA said four shipments were accepted for transportation that were not adequately described and certified.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said pilots can take proper safety precautions when they are informed about dangerous goods on board aircraft. “Shippers and airlines must follow the rules, so they are able to move these materials safely,” he said.
The alleged violations are all document-related, a FedEx official said, including simple errors in providing information on 30 places on hazmat reports. An effort is under way to instruct employees on document preparation. All aircraft involved in the allegations operated safely, he said.
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