The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a civil penalty of $80,000 against a Dutch company for flying an improperly prepared shipment of dangerous cargo to the United States.
FAA said Smit International of Rotterdam shipped five internal combustion engines and two oxygen cylinders by air from Rotterdam to Miami in March 1998.Classified as hazardous materials, oxygen cylinders need to be properly packaged and labeled, and internal combustion engines should have the fuel tanks drained and the attached wet-cell batteries protected against leakage and short circuiting.
The FAA discovered the possible violation while the cargo was being unloaded in Miami.
A ramp agent noticed a fire on one of the pallets, FAA stated.
''One of the engines' wet cell batteries had not been protected and had come in contact with a steel cable, causing the cable to spark and burn,'' the agency asserted.