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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Afghanistan Plane Crash

The families of three U.S. Army soldiers who died in a plane crash in Afghanistan in November 2004 sued Blackwater Lodge and Training Center and several aviation companies owned by Blackwater Lodge and Training Center’s parent company, including Presidential Airways. (Blackwater Lodge and Training Center was dismissed as a defendant from the lawsuit in August 2005.) The plaintiffs claimed that at least one of the companies was operating the plane, which was underequipped and poorly manned at the time of the crash. In December 2006, a National Transportation Safety Board report blamed the crash on pilot error. It blamed Presidential Airways for failing to provide adequate oversight of flight crews. The report also said that a passenger who survived the crash but died while waiting for rescuers might have lived had the company followed proper procedures. In April 2010, it was announced that the parties reached a confidential settlement.

Misconduct Type
Poor Contract Performance
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
Defense - General
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
6/13/2005
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Blackwater USA Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 4/7/2010
NTSB Report 11/8/2006
Order Dismissing Blackwater Lodge and Training Center 8/1/2005

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database