LeBron James: Heat Star Reportedly Narrowly Escaped Death in Faulty Plane

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 14, 2011

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 12:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat poses during media day at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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According to Dylan Howard and Chelsea White of RadarOnline, LeBron James is lucky to be alive right now. 

Pilot George Thomsen is accusing Crystal Air Aviation of allowing unsafe planes to fly multiple celebrities. In addition to James, those include Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Lopez.

One of the worst incidents that Thomsen is alleging involved a Nov. 11 flight from Ohio to London with Agent Tederick Curvy, and James' friends Ernest "Randy" Mims, Maverick Carter and Richard Paul.

When it was time to return to the United States, the private jet was grounded after Thomsen discovered a "major fuel leak" during the jet's refueling, that spewed potentially explosive fuel under the aircraft's right wing.

The leak was so bad, authorities at London's Luton Airport immediately called in HAZMAT experts and blocked off the area. 

Thomsen is alleging that while the leak could have easily caused the plane to literally blow up, Crystal Air Aviation, which is based out of California, asked Thomsen to fly the plane home, as repairing the plane there would be significantly cheaper than in London.

Thomsen didn't go through with that request. Instead, James and those with him got on another flight home and the plane in question remained grounded in England. 

Howard and White quote Thomsen as saying the following about Crystal Air Aviation:

My whole career of 42 years of flying has been about safety. These guys for whatever way possible to shortchange training, shortchange maintenance and jeopardizing safety. They are jeopardizing safety and lives.

His claims are centered around a belief that the company is more interested in making a name for itself for flying celebrities than anything else.

As of right now, neither James or any of the other celebrities named in Thomsen's claims have spoken publicly about the incidents.

It will be interesting to see if King James or anyone else involved chooses to speak out at some point.