Products Liability – Airplanes
Woman sustained multiple trauma including a severe injury to her left leg, when the aircraft in which she was a passenger crashed shortly after take-off. The aircraft was owned by defendant A and leased to defendant C. The pilot at the time of the incident was defendant R, who had rented the aircraft from defendant
An experienced pilot and flight instructor of a small twinengine aircraft was killed moments after take-off when the plane suddenly crashed to the ground. Examination revealed that there was a defect in the oil pump of one of the plane's engines which caused the crash.
When a strong gust of wind forced the pilot-plaintiff of a small aircraft to abandon landing plans, the airplane struck a tree. The crash occurred as a result of a malfunction of the pilot's seat mechanism which caused the plaintiff to lose control of the airplane and prohibited her from effectively keeping the plane airborne.
An F101B fighter plane was forced to abort a take-off due to engine flare-out. As the plane entered the overrun of the runway, one landing gear collapsed. The plane had two auxiliary fuel drop tanks under the wings. When the gear collapsed one tank impacted the runway and ruptured. Suit is brought against the tank
Due to an altimeter reading that registered approximately 2000 feet higher than the actual altitude, a pilot of a commercial airliner apparently badly misjudged his landing approach to an airport, crashing his plane into a row of suburban houses. Suit is based on the defective design of the altimeter.