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FAA alleges US Airways violated hazardous materials rules, proposes fine

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining US Airways $395,850 for allegedly permitting hazardous materials on some of its flights without proper packaging and without notifying the airline's pilots.

In inspections conducted in 2010 at US Airways' facilities at Hartford’s Bradley International Airport, FAA says it found that the airline had accepted an undeclared shipment of 10 disposable cigarette lighters filled with flammable gas. The lighters were found in checked baggage belonging to a passenger.

The airline also "offered an improperly packaged shipment containing wet cell batteries filled with alkali, a corrosive, for transportation by air on a US Airways passenger-carrying flight," according to a statement released by FAA on Thursday.

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The inspection found violations on 12 flights to or from the Hartford airport between Feb. 26 and May 12, 2010.

FAA also alleges that US Airways pilots were not provided with the required information regarding 23 shipments of hazardous materials.

"US Airways responded promptly to the FAA regarding this matter in June 2010 and initiated a comprehensive review of our hazardous materials handling procedures and systematically evaluated our cargo operations to ensure we operate at the highest level of safety," Bill McGlashen, a spokesperson for US Airways, told msnbc.com.

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