WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The Federal Aviation Administration and OSHA are both investigating a locally based charter airline known to cater to some high-profile Washingtonians-government officials, professional athletes and entertainers.
The federal investigation stems from an incident earlier this year in which a pilot with Metropolitan Aviation of Manassas made an emergency landing and was fired soon after.
The pilot filed a complaint with OSHA, which precipitated the two government investigations. He has 24 years of experience as a pilot and is an FAA-licensed aircraft mechanic. Last summer, according to the complaint, he flew four passengers out of Manassas, including Former White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty. The pilot alleges he was fired immediately after for putting safety ahead of profits. It is an allegation Metropolitan Aviation calls unfounded.
"I mean, the whole airplane shook," said the pilot, who asked to remain anonymous.