FAA proposes $395,850 civil penalty against US Airways

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Published: May 21, 2012

The FAA is proposing a $ 395,850 civil penalty against US Airways (US), of Tempe, Ariz., for allegedly violating US Dept. of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA said a periodic dangerous goods inspection of US facilities at Hartford’s Bradley International (BDL) May 10-18, 2010 revealed the airline “committed various violations on 12 flights to/from BDL between Feb. 26 and May 12, 2010,” it alleged.

In one instance, the FAA alleged that US “had accepted an undeclared shipment containing 10 disposable cigarette lighters filled with flammable gas,” a discrepancy the airline failed to report, according to the regulator.

“In another instance, US Airways offered an improperly packaged shipment containing wet cell batteries filled with alkali—a corrosive—for transportation by air on a US Airways passenger-carrying flight,” the FAA stated.

The FAA also alleged the airline failed to provide pilots with the required “accurate and legible written information” regarding 23 shipments of hazardous materials it accepted for transportation by air.

A US spokesperson told ATW it has “responded promptly to the FAA regarding this matter in June 2010 and initiated a comprehensive review of our hazardous materials handling procedures and systematically evaluated our cargo operations to ensure we operate at the highest level of safety.”

US has 30 days to respond to the agency.

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