Commercial, Products, Services

Multiple Fingers Pointed in Fuel Dispute

By Staff Writer | January 2, 2009

The lawsuits are piling up in the case of alleged fuel contamination disrupting two businesses in Hawaii’s helicopter tour industry. Attorneys representing Air Kauai and Island Helicopters have filed a $3 million lawsuit against Tesoro Hawaii, claiming the fuel provider sold them tainted Jet-A aviation gas that resulted in maintenance problems and a loss of business. Tesoro, however, has filed a counterclaim against the two helicopter operators and the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT), saying the fuel, which was refined and transported by Tesoro, was likely contaminated by the DOT equipment that it was stored in and dispensed with at Lihue Airport. The state has filed a counterclaim against Tesoro, Turbomeca and Turbomeca’s parent company, Safran Group, alleging fuel production issues, engine problems or a combination of both are responsible for the excessive engine coking Air Kauai and Island Helicopter's Eurocopter fleets are having. No accidents or injuries have been associated with this matter. For related news


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