A jury has awarded $26 million to the families of three people killed when a small plane crashed near Arlington, Wash., in 2008. The single-engine Cessna went down en route from San Juan Island to Auburn when its engine failed. The pilot, Brenda Houston, her 10-year-old daughter, and another passenger, Dr. Tory Becker, an Auburn spine surgeon, were killed.
A state court jury awarded $20 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages against the company that made the engine. It was contended that the plane’s carburetor was defective, and that even though the manufacturer, Avco Corp., had fixed the problem on new engines two years earlier, it had failed to fix the problem on thousands of planes already in service and flying. James T. Anderson, a lawyer with the Aviation Law Group, located in Seattle, Wash., represents Becker’s family. He did a very good job in the case.
Source: Insurance Journal
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