FAA: Company Attempted Shipment of Propane on Delta Passenger Flight
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FAA: Company Attempted Shipment of Propane on Delta Passenger Flight

April 13, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $195,000 civil penalty against S. Vitale Pyrotechnic Industries for allegedly violating federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on June 17, 2014, the company offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to Delta Air Lines for transport aboard a passenger flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. The shipment included four 20-gallon tanks containing some propane, which is a flammable gas. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered the shipment during cargo screening.

Federal regulations prohibit propane from being transported on any passenger-carrying aircraft.

The FAA alleges that the propane tanks in the shipment were not manufactured to withstand the pressure that would arise in any aircraft, potentially putting passengers at risk.

The FAA also alleges that the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents or properly marked, labeled, or packaged. Additionally, the FAA alleges that Vitale failed to ensure its employees had received required hazardous materials training and did not include emergency response information with the shipment.

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

All hazardous materials sent using commercial transportation must comply with Hazardous Materials Regulations set by the U.S. Department of Transportation. These regulations apply to those who offer, accept, or carry hazardous materials to, from, within, and across the United States.