Platinum Jet chief pilot and cofounder Michael Brassington and his brother, Paul Brassington, a vice president and cofounder of the company, were convicted yesterday of “conspiracy to commit continuous willful violations of regulatory requirements for the operation of commercial charter aircraft,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
When a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management crashed on takeoff from Teterboro Airport in February 2005, the accident attracted intense FAA scrutiny of the issue of operational control. In addition, it resulted in the indictment this year of seven executives and employees of the now-defunct charter operator and conviction of two of the group.
John Kimberling, the captain of the chartered Challenger 600 that crashed on takeoff from Teterboro (N.J.) Airport in February 2005, will be arraigned on Thursday as part of a 27-count superseding indictment. The new charges cite him and his co-conspirators, all members of now-defunct charter operator Platinum Jet, with a series of crimes. According to U.S.
The six individuals who were arrested and charged earlier this year in connection with the Platinum Jet Management Challenger 600 crash at Teterboro Airport in February 2005– Andrew Budhan, Michael Brassington, Paul Brassington, Brien McKenzie, Joseph Singh and Francis Vieira–last month entered pleas of not guilty and posted bail. Their trial is scheduled to begin on May 12 in the U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.