Carnahan Family Seeks More Damages from Crash

 - March 23, 2007, 12:14 PM

The family of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan–who died in the October 2000 crash of a Cessna 335 along with an aide and his son, Randy, who was at the controls–has asked that a trial be held to consider punitive damages. A jury previously ordered the manufacturer of the aircraft’s vacuum pumps to pay the family $4 million, but the judge reduced the amount to $2.4 million. The family alleges the failure of the vacuum pumps led to the crash. The NTSB’s final report said the pumps were working properly, and cited the failure of an overhauled primary attitude indicator and spatial disorientation of the pilot as accident causes. Meanwhile, Parker-Hannifin, which made the vacuum pumps, filed a motion to set aside the verdict, saying it is not supported by the evidence.