Allegations Concerning Customs Flight Safety

OSI-96-4R: Published: Jan 17, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1996.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated allegations that U.S. Customs Service personnel allowed illegal alterations to general aviation aircraft. GAO noted that: (1) there is no evidence that Customs special agents allowed illegal alterations on general aviation aircraft during certain undercover operations; (2) Customs special agents ordered fixed-base operators (FBO) to change the visual identity of general aircraft and to make certain modifications to aircraft for use in undercover narcotics operations; (3) there is no evidence that Customs special agents acted improperly to impede the Federal Aviation Administration or the Federal Bureau of Investigation from inspecting FBO aircraft; and (4) although Customs agents orally instructed FBO to return the aircraft to their original condition following the completion of undercover operations, the agents did not inspect the aircraft to ensure the changes had been made.

Oct 12, 2017

Oct 11, 2017

Oct 10, 2017

Sep 29, 2017

Sep 28, 2017

Sep 27, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here