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FAA PROPOSES $332,500 FINE AGAINST LANCHILE

FAA PROPOSES $332,500 FINE AGAINST LANCHILE

   The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $332,500 fine against LanChile airlines for violating U.S. hazardous materials rules.

   The FAA alleges that LanChile transported a shipment of oxygen generators as company material aboard a passenger flight from Santiago to Miami in May last year. The airline then offered the shipment to Federal Express for transportation to Dallas, the FAA says.

   The shipment was undeclared as hazmat, according to the FAA. Oxygen generators, which federal investigators believe caused the fatal crash of a Valujet plane three years ago, are banned from flying on passenger planes and must be marked for shipment on cargo aircraft only.

   LanChile has 30 days to respond.