The Federal Aviation Administration wants to assess a $195,000 fine against British Airways for shipping a chemical oxygen generator on an American Airlines flight from London to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
The government agency says that on August 14, 2012, British Airways failed to label a cardboard box that contained the oxidizer and placed it as cargo on the American flight. The generator was heading to Texas to be repaired.
Oxygen generators are extremely flammable and have been forbidden as cargo on passenger flights ever since the Valujet crash in the mid-1990s which crashed when a chemical oxygen generator started a fire in the cargo hold.
The FAA said British Airways has requested to meet with the agency to discuss the fine.
On Friday, the agency also proposed a $60,000 fine against Envoy Air as a contractor allegedly allowed employees without proper training to de-ice a dozen aircraft in November and December 2013 in Sioux Falls, S.D.