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An Operator, prior to loading Dangerous Goods on an aircraft, must inspect the package, overpack or freight container containing the Dangerous Goods..
  • A
    for evidence of leakage or damage.
  • B
    to ensure that the contents are permitted to be transported by air.
  • C
    to ensure that the transport documents are readily visible.
  • D
    for correct packaging in accordance with the Technical Instructions.

ICAO Annex 18
Chapter 8. Operator's Responsibilities
8.4 Inspection for damage or leakage

8.4.1 Packages and overpacks containing dangerous goods and freight containers containing radioactive materials shall be inspected for evidence of leakage or damage before loading on an aircraft or into a unit load device. Leaking or damaged packages, overpacks or freight containers shall not be loaded on an aircraft.

8.4.2 A unit load device shall not be loaded aboard an aircraft unless the device has been inspected and found free from any evidence of leakage from, or damage to, any dangerous goods contained therein.

8.4.3 Where any package of dangerous goods loaded on an aircraft appears to be damaged or leaking, the operator shall remove such package from the aircraft, or arrange for its removal by an appropriate authority or organization, and thereafter shall ensure that the remainder of the consignment is in proper condition for transport by air and that no other package has been contaminated.

8.4.4 Packages or overpacks containing dangerous goods and freight containers containing radioactive materials shall be inspected for signs of damage or leakage upon unloading from the aircraft or unit load device. If evidence of damage or leakage is found, the area where the area where the dangerous goods or unit load device were stowed on the aircraft shall be inspected for damage or contamination.

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