Federal Aviation Admin Imposes Fine

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J.R. Simplot Company of Boise, Idaho, is facing a $207,200 civil penalty from the Federal Aviation Administration for violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations imposed by the Department of Transportation, according to news sources.

Allegedly, Simplot, a company that processes food and agriculture, had a non-standard fiberboard box with a five-gallon jug of bactericide and fungicide in it sent by air mail via UPS from Washington to Utah in October of 2009.

The mixture of the two is considered an oxidizer by the Department of Transportation, a hazardous material.

The Federal Aviation Administration claims that the package wasn’t marked properly, nor were the materials classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, and in proper condition for shipment. The amount of liquid also exceeded that which can be carried in an aircraft.

The package, which was leaking, was discovered at the UPS sorting facility in Ontario, California.

As an aviation disaster lawyer, these allegations are very serious. In my line of work as a plane crash lawyer, I have found that details are very important and nothing can be overlooked when it comes to aviation. I’m glad that no injuries resulted from this alleged violation.