A major aerospace manufacturer will pay a $162,500 fine for allegedly shipping undeclared hazardous materials by passenger aircraft from Spain to Miami, FL.
According to FAA's press release
, the shipment in question comprised two chemical oxygen generators without the required hazmat shipping papers or the proper hazmat marks and labels.
The chemical used in oxygen generators (a superoxide called chlorate or perchlorate) is a Division 5.1 oxidizer, making these machines subject to specific hazmat classification, naming, packaging, marking, labeling, documentation, emergency preparedness, and hazmat employee training requirements
In fact, the specific Division 5.1 chemical used in these oxygen generators is prohibited
as cargo on passenger aircraft. The generators create oxygen by initiating an exothermic chemical reaction which can create a fire hazard.
This is the second time in recent memory that an FAA hazmat fine levied against a non-US shipper has made headlines. In February, a German lighting company was fined for shipping mistakes
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