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"Two Men Awarded $54M in Plane Crash Settlement"
July 27, 2007
A settlement has been reached eight years after a pilot instructor and his student took off at the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport and came crashing down minutes later.
When flight instructor, Nicholas Grace, and his pilot in training , Mark Godfrey, took off from the airport they never expected to be landing in a tree soon after.
The carburetor in the plane reportedly suddenly failed due to a mechanical defect causing the engine to die.
“The engine quit cold, forcing them to make an emergency landing,” explained Arthur Alan Wolk, attorney for the two men. “Horrible injuries were suffered…brain injuries resulting in depression, anxiety, inability to remember, inability to concentrate.”
Last week a jury concluded that the plane's manufacturers, Teledyne, and carburetor, Precision Airmotive, are to pay the men a combined total of $54 million.
According to reports, the carburetor knew there were problems with the screws and needle valves in the plane.
However, the company never warned the Federal Aviation Administration or pilots that carburetor failures were causing crashes.
Wolk believes the verdict reached is a fair one.
“It's an airplane. If you don't fix an airplane, somebody is going to get killed,” he states referring to the company's negligence.
(Source: News Journal Online)
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