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A Disappointing Settlement Of Valujet

November 6th, 2001 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

Recently, the Federal Appeals Court threw out 8 of the 9 convictions, and most of the $11 Million penalty against a now defunct jet-repair company. As you might recall, canisters that were not empty and not properly stored were placed onto a Valuejet plane in Miami. Moments after take-off, the plane exploded as a result of the improper shipping of the canisters, killing 110 people. Federal law states that the jet-repair company could be convicted only if its employees knew that the canisters were dangerous. The Appeals Court did uphold the company‘s conviction and $2 Million fine for willfully failing to train employees according to the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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