Captain in NJ jet crash faces federal charges

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2009 4:16 PM

The captain of a charter jet that crashed on takeoff at a New Jersey airport in 2005 has been indicted on charges of fraud and lying to investigators.

An indictment released Tuesday accuses John Kimberling on being part of a conspiracy with the owners of Platinum Jet Management to operate the charter service without proper certification. Company officials have been charged with falsifying paperwork to show the planes carried less weight than they actually did.

Prosecutors say the overloading of fuel contributed to the February 2005 crash at Teterboro Airport. The plane went through a fence, across a busy intersection and into a warehouse, injuring about 20 people.

Kimberling's attorney, Stephen Dratch, declined to comment on the indictment.