Engine Manufacturer Liable for Plane Crash
Judge Rules Engine Maker Liable in 2010 Plane Crash
July 17, 2017
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has rejected a request by Continental Motors to alter a jury’s decision to award $2.75 million to the widow of a U.S. Forest Service employee who was killed in a plane crash in 2010.
Judge J. Curtis Joyner ruled that Continental Motors could not escape liability for the crash under the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) of 1994. Continental had manufactured a replacement part for the plane’s engine shortly before the vehicle crashed; the jury in an earlier trial provided sufficient evidence of the cause of the crash.
The part had been installed six years prior to the crash. The statute of limitations under GARA is 18 years.
Three men were killed in 2010 when their Cessna aircraft crashed in 2010. The current suit was filed by the widow of one of the men, Daniel Snider. The suits filed by the estates of Rodney Whiteman and Patrick Jessup have been settled.
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