SabreTech Fined $500,000 in ValuJet Crash Resentencing
SabreTech, Inc., a now-decertified FAA repair station in Miami, FL, was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Miami to pay a $500,000 fine and serve 3 years on probation for its role in the 1996 crash of ValuJet Flight 592 in the Everglades, which killed 110 people. SabreTech was previously convicted on 9 counts of hazardous materials violations, fined $2 million, ordered to pay $9 million in restitution, and put on 3 years probation. The violations involved SabreTech employees who illegally placed uncapped oxygen generators on the aircraft, which according to NTSB, set the plane on fire, causing the crash. In January 2002, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned 8 of the counts but affirmed the conviction on 1 count of failing to train employees how to handle hazardous materials. The sentence is the maximum allowed under Federal guidelines. This investigation was conducted jointly by OIG, the FBI, and EPA's Criminal Investigations Division.