Mechanic in Sabre-Tech Case Indicted for Contempt of Court
SabreTech, Inc., an aircraft repair and maintenance business, and three of its employees were indicted in June 1999 by a grand jury in Miami, FL on Federal charges including conspiracy, making false statements, and illegally transporting hazardous materials. The firm also was charged with causing placement of a destructive device in an aircraft and making an aircraft unworkable and azardous. The charges stem from the May 11, 1996 crash of ValuJet Airlines flight 592 in the Florida Everglades. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the cause was a fire in improperly handled oxygen generators carried in the hold. All 110 people on board were killed. Charged were SabreTech and its maintenance director Daniel Gonzalez and mechanics Eugene Florence and Mauro Valenzuela.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the government, all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.