In a release posted April 5
, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an aviation contractor allegedly involved in packaging oxygen generators for transport on ValuJet 592 on May 11, 1996 at Miami International Airport.
In one of the most horrendous hazardous materials tragedies in American history, ValuJet 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades at five-hundred miles per hour after a running oxygen generator caught fire.
All 110 people on board died.
The fugitive, who worked for maintenance contractor SabreTech, faced criminal charges in 1999 when investigators determined he played a role packaging and mishandling the faulty oxygen generators. According to the FBI, the man fled before he was to stand trial.
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Why Are Oxygen Generators Dangerous?
Airline fire suppression systems work by cutting off oxygen to the cargo hold. Without oxygen, most fires are quickly extinguished. Oxygen generators, however, create their own oxygen, which exacerbates the problem. In ValueJet 592, it lead to a fire that burned at 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
The 1996 ValuJet tragedy was a galvanizing moment for regulators and industry. In response to the ValuJet incident and unique fire risk posed by oxygen generators, the US DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations now prohibit oxygen generators from transport on passenger aircraft.
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