Teterboro Crash Charter Shut Down

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The FAA has shut down the Florida charter company whose Challenger bizjet ran off the runway at Teterboro Airport last month. The agency ordered Platinum Jet Management to "cease and desist" all operations on Thursday after allegedly discovering the company doesn't have the necessary paperwork to provide the crew and airplane for hire. But the company says the charges are bogus and part of a "witch hunt." Platinum spokesman Mike Moulis told Miami/Fort Lauderdale's Local 10 news the FAA "has no clue what's going on with this investigation" and has unfairly targeted the charter company. The FAA claims the lack of the certificate means no one at Platinum was responsible for making sure its crew members are properly licensed, trained and equipped for flying charters. But Platinum contends that the paperwork is held by another company, Alphajet, which contracts Platinum to supply the aircraft, pilots and support for the flights. Platinum has refused to turn over crew and aircraft records pertaining to the Teterboro accident but a New Jersey judge has ordered company officials to appear in court today to explain why.