A former employee of a plane maintenance firm at Van Nuys Airport claims in a lawsuit that he was fired after he complained to authorities about unsafe fueling conditions.
William Fulkerson, 41, alleged in a Van Nuys Superior Court complaint filed on Friday that Piper Air Center, where he was employed from May to July last year, was the site of numerous violations of California health and safety codes.
Fulkerson's job was putting fuel into private aircraft. He charged that during the time of his employment there were leaks in fuel lines and that fuel often spilled onto aircraft engines.
He said that after he filed a complaint with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration on May 21, Piper Air Center fired him.