Pilot Gets Prison Time in High-Profile Case – Flying Magazine

A Challenger 604 at Akron Canton airport. Photo: Gary Starcher - OPShots Contributor

Former Platinum Jet pilot Francis Vieira, 61, was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Monday for his role in fraudulent activity that led up to the crash of a Challenger 600 charter jet in 2005, which veered off the runway after a failed takeoff attempt from Teterboro Airport.

During court hearings last year, Vieira, who was not piloting the jet at the time of the crash, admitted to falsifying weight-and-balance records on multiple occasions and to flying several commercial charter flights for Platinum Jet, even though the company didn’t have a Part 135 certificate.

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