$77,000 Penalty Proposed for Alleged Failure to Properly Load Heavy Cargo
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $77,000 civil penalty against a Florida company for allegedly failing to comply with requirements for loading and securing heavy cargo.
FAA regulations require operators to comply with all operating limitations specified in an aircraft’s approved flight manual. The FAA alleges that the company did not meet this requirement with respect to two of its Boeing 747 jetliners that were flown on seven flights while loaded with one or more heavy military vehicles and that as a result the cargo was not properly restrained to prevent shifting. One of the two aircraft crashed while loaded with the military vehicles, although the FAA notes that the probable cause of that accident is still under investigation. The company has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.