A jury has handed down an $89 million award against a Pennsylvania engine manufacturer in a plane crash that killed four people in Ohio nearly 11 years ago.
The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury on Tuesday awarded $25 million in compensatory damages and $64 million in punitive damages to the families of victims of the August 1999 plane crash in North Lima, Ohio.
The accident happened shortly after takeoff from Youngstown-Elser Metro Airport in North Lima, Ohio. The plane had initially taken off from Oshkosh, Wis., and refueled in Ohio. Upon takeoff from Ohio, the plane was headed to Pottstown, Pa., when it crashed, according to court papers.
Two men from suburban Philadelphia and a Maryland man died in the crash. One 15-year-old boy died and another was the lone survivor.
The survivor and two families sued Lycoming Engines, claiming they concealed a carburetor problem that led to the crash.
An attorney for the Williamsport-based company says the National Transportation Safety Board found the engine wasn’t at fault. He says the company will appeal.
NTSB Report N5526J Piper PA-32-260 accident occured August 1/1999 at North Lima Ohio - 4 fatal, 1 survivor.
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