Founders of charter company in NJ crash sentenced

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 3:20 PM
Founders of charter company in NJ crash sentenced

Two Florida brothers who founded a now-defunct charter jet company are headed to prison in a case stemming from a jet crash that injured 20 people at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport.

Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Brassington, the president, CEO and chief pilot of Platinum Jet Management, received a 30-month sentence Tuesday. His 32-year-old brother, Paul Brassington, who was a vice president, got an 18-month term.

The Fort Lauderdale men were convicted of fraud conspiracy in November. Michael Brassington also was convicted of endangering the safety of an aircraft and seven counts of making false statements.

The 2005 crash occurred when the company's fuel-overloaded jet failed to lift on takeoff. Prosecutors say the Brassingtons flouted FAA rules and operated the company without proper licenses.

Several other defendants have been sentenced in the case.