Division of Airbus Facing $162,500 FAA Penalty for Alleged HazMat Violations

Division of Airbus Facing $162,500 FAA Penalty for Alleged HazMat Violations
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April 19, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $162,500 civil penalty against Airbus Defence and Space of Madrid, Spain, for allegedly violating federal hazardous materials regulations.

According to the FAA, on May 25, 2015, Airbus knowingly offered an undeclared hazardous material for shipment on a passenger-carrying aircraft from Seville, Spain to Miami, Florida. The shipment contained two Protective Breathing Equipment Units, each of which contained a chemical oxygen generator. The chemical is an oxidizer, which can cause or enhance the combustion of other materials.

The FAA's hazardous materials regulations prohibit transporting these devices as cargo on passenger-carrying aircraft.

Following its arrival in Miami, the shipment in question was offered undeclared to Federal Express (FedEx) for overnight shipping by air from Miami to Lenexa, Kansas.

The FAA alleges that the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers indicating the hazardous nature of the contents and was not properly packaged, marked, or labeled. The agency also alleges that Airbus failed to provide emergency response information with the shipment.

Airbus has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.