A Circuit Court judge refused to grant a new trial to the family of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan seeking punitive damages against Parker Hannifin. The judge said evidence was too weak to give to a jury, according to AOPA. The NTSB’s investigation into the crash of a Cessna 335 that killed Carnahan, his son and an aide on Oct. 16, 2000, found vacuum pumps made by Parker Hannifin were providing instruments with proper indications.
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.
A jury found Parker Hannifin negligent in the Oct. 16, 2000 crash of a Cessna 335 that killed Gov. Mel Carnahan and his son, and awarded their family $4 million. The family argued that vacuum pumps made by Parker Hannifin failed, causing the recip twin to crash.
Investigations into two accidents involving Eurocopter AS 350A and AS 350B2 helicopters led the NTSB to determine that the hydraulic pump drive belt (P/N 704A33690004) prematurely failed in flight. Additionally, an inquiry into the FAA’s Service Difficulty Report database found that 43 failures and/or replacements of hydraulic pump drive belts with that part number occurred from February 1995 to the present.
Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. is showing its range of expertise in the aerospace field here in Paris, highlighting its recent developments in the civil realm, such as a 5,000-psi hydraulic power generation and fluid conveyance system used in the Airbus A380.
Pilots of a Sikorsky S-92A from Norway’s Norsk Helikopter put out a Mayday call one day near the end of March, after being warned of a major drop in main rotor gearbox oil pressure while approaching an oil platform. The pilots made an emergency landing on the Veslefrikk B and none of the 19 people on board was hurt.
Investigations into two accidents involving Eurocopter AS 350 helicopters led the NTSB to determine that the hydraulic pump drive belt (P/N 704A33690004) prematurely failed in flight. Additionally, an inquiry of the FAA’s Service Difficulty Report database found 43 failures and/or replacements of hydraulic pump drive belts with that part number between February 1995 and the present.
Simplex has introduced a new DC electric hover pump for its Fire Attack helicopter firefighting system that it says slashes fill times by nearly 50 percent. The first system has been installed on a San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bell 205A1, and deliveries of two more are expected soon.
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