Challenger 604 crash prompts lawsuit

 - May 8, 2008, 7:38 AM

Families of the crew of a Challenger 604 that crashed on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Oct. 10, 2000, have filed a claim against four makers of equipment installed in the aircraft. The lawsuit alleges defective equipment contributed to the crash, and names Honeywell, Lucas Aerospace, Parker Hannifin and Rockwell Collins. The NTSB final report has not yet been issued. Killed in the accident were Bombardier experimental test pilots Bryan Irelan and Eric Fiore and Bombardier flight-test engineer David Riggs. Honeywell and Rockwell Collins acknowledged the lawsuit, but none of the parties was available for comment.