Federal criminal charges were brought today against the air charter service that four years ago operated an overloaded corporate jet crashed on takeoff at Teterboro Airport.
Six executives who ran Platinum Jet Management LLC of Fort Lauderdale, FL, were charged in a scheme to run a charter operation that took to the air on fraudulent documents.
Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra Jr. said the company -- which held itself out as a luxury, high-end charter service -- falsified flight records and routinely overloaded planes with fuel at airports where it was cheaper to top-off the tanks. The company was charged with misrepresenting itself to customers as a certified charter operation.
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