FAA PROPOSES $235,000 FINE AGAINST TRANSBRASIL
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $235,000 fine against TransBrasil Airlines, Brazil's fourth-largest airline, for improper shipping of hazardous materials, the agency alleged.
The FAA claimed that TransBrasil illegally shipped an oxygen generator about a passenger flight from Sao Paulo to Miami in August 1999. The generator was shipped via express company FedEx Corp. to a Boeing Co. repair facility in Seattle, where Boeing officials notified the FAA, the agency said.
TransBrasil failed to property package and label the generator and to notify FedEx or its pilots that they were transporting hazardous materials, the FAA said.
An oxygen generator was believed to have caused the explosion which caused the crash of ValueJet flight into the Florida Everglades several years ago.