An investigation born of a fiery plane crash nearly six years ago culminated Monday in convictions for two brothers accused of skirting safety regulations.
The now-defunct company’s clients included film and music celebrities. Some paid as much as $85,000 for flights.
Brothers Michael and Paul Brassington were indicted last year and accused of running illegal commercial charters and skirting safety requirements.
A lawyer for a former charter jet company executive told jurors the government’s fraud case against his client is based on flawed testimony.
An executive lied about the weights of his planes, a practice that culminated in a fiery crash at Teterboro Airport that injured 20 people and caused millions in damage, a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday.
The government alleges Platinum lied about its planes’ weights in order to stock up on fuel at airports where they could get a cheaper price, like Teterboro.
Opening statements are getting under way at the federal trial of three officials from a charter jet company whose plane crashed at a New Jersey airport.