In case you haven’t noticed, Carson’s a bit of an aviation freak.
He’s very particular about the planes he flies on and the pilots he flies with, so when his good buddy and Voice co-worker Adam Levine posted a photo of his band getting on a private jet in the middle of a major Minnesota snow storm, naturally, he was worried for the Maroon 5 front man!
So at 5 a.m. this morning, what does Carson decide to do? He puts on his investigative reporter hat and zooms in on the photo to read the plane’s tail number.
When he googled that number, he was shocked at what he found…
“First thing that comes up is an article written not long ago, two years ago. ‘Private jet, which ferried J. Lo, Charlie Sheen, and LeBron James was dangerously unsafe, claims pilot,’” he read aloud.
Each tail number is like a fingerprint because it is unique to that aircraft, so Carson knew this was the same plane Levine boarded only hours ago.
“This plane used to be piloted by George Thomsen, who left this plane and he’s accusing California’s Crystal Air Aviation of putting a flight staff and celebrities in danger by using that particular aircraft.”
Allegedly, Thomsen, a former FAA safety inspector, resigned after submitting evidence to prove the aircraft did not comply with FAA requirements.
“My whole career of 42 years of flying has been about safety,” Thomsen told Star magazine. “These guys for whatever way possible to shortchange training, shortchange maintenance and jeopardize safety. They are jeopardizing safety and lives.”
One of the scariest incidents included a flight with LeBron James where Thomsen supposedly discovered a massive fuel leak. If the leak had gone unnoticed, it could have caused an explosion.
According to Thomsen, Crystal Air owner Robert Salvo emailed him saying there were “misunderstandings on both sides to accurately communicate with each other our mutual visions.”
“Your challenges with our personnel and aircraft were unfortunate but I feel rectifiable and something that I had hopes your position would resolve,” Salvo wrote.
“Sometimes we wonder how these incidents happen,” Carson said. “Things fall through the cracks and just because you’re spending this amount of money on a private jet doesn’t mean that, you know…and by the way, it doesn’t mean that this plane hasn’t since been fixed and is now in compliance with the FAA.”
“But for a friend to get this and see this, I was really nervous for him! That’s the first thing that comes up when you Google it!”
“He will have his shirt off!” Carson joked. “I mean, he’s been in the cold weather for 12 hours. He had it on for way too long!”