Charter Company Indicted In 2005 TEB Overrun | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1 **
** Airborne 07.25.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.25.14 **

Thu, Feb 05, 2009

Charter Company Indicted In 2005 TEB Overrun

Four Execs Already In Custody

Six executives of a Florida-based air charter service face federal criminal charges in connection with the crash of an overloaded jet which couldn't get off the runway at Teterboro, New Jersey in 2005.

Acting US Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. tells the New Jersey Star-Ledger that Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale claimed to be a luxury charter service, but didn't hold the required certificate; falsified flight records; and routinely overloaded planes with fuel at airports where the price was cheaper, a practice known as 'tankering.'

"The fuel loading was the primary contributing factor in the crash," Marra said. "It is astounding -- and criminal -- that owners and operators of jet aircraft would repeatedly engage in such a dangerous game with passengers and airplanes loaded to the brim with jet fuel."

As ANN reported, on the morning of February 2, 2005 the pilots started a takeoff roll in the Challenger CL-600 with eight passengers. When the pilots found the plane wouldn't rotate, they tried to abort the takeoff... but crashed through a perimeter fence and out across six lanes of traffic on busy Route 46. A car's roof was torn off, and the plane finally stopped after hitting a clothing warehouse.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the plane had a center-of-gravity forward of limits. No one died, but the NTSB came down on the company for a host of violations, and the FAA for inadequate oversight.

Michael Brassington, the 35-year-old President and CEO, and chief pilot 29-year-old VP Paul Brassington -- Michael's brother -- and two other execs of Platinum Jet are in custody, and warrants are out for two more.

The suit also claims the captain of the flight that crashed at Teterboro reportedly lied about his experience on job applications, and had been fired from a previous job for safety related issues and poor airmanship. Neither pilot was charged in the Teterboro case.

FMI: Read The NTSB Probable Cause Report, www.usdoj.gov
 

Advertisement

More News

EAA AirVenture 2014 Welcomes The Boldest Human Space Mission Yet

Events To Highlight Industry Collaboration For Reaching The Planet Mars Leaders from the aerospace community held a press conference at EAA AirVenture on Monday to get the word out>[...]

Aspen Avionics, True Innovators, Present Oshkosh 2014 Special Event Coverage!

OSH2014 Sponsor: Aspen Avionics Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into general aviation cockpits. Our products increase situational>[...]

Futuristic OSH2014 Sponsor: 'Beyond The Blue' - The Inside Story Of The XPRIZE

Meet Jim Campbell, TODAY/07.28, At EAA Wearhouse, Author's Corner, At 1500 And Get Your Signed Copy of Beyond The Blue!!! To Aviation Journalist and experienced Test Pilot, Jim Cam>[...]

Ready For Service... ConciAir Helps Present OSH2014!

ConciAir Is Here To Return Our Industry To Service! The name ConciAir is a play on the word "concierge", and our goal is to be able to accomplish any task placed before us in a tim>[...]

OSH2014 Sponsor: Eclipse Aerospace -- In Full Production!

The Eclipse 550: Economical. Efficient. Incredible. The Eclipse 550 not only has the lowest acquisition cost of any twin-engine jet on the planet, it also has the lowest operating >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC