Manufacturer sued over fatal plane crash

By Whitney Brakken | Jan 7, 2014

An airplane manufacturer is being sued over claims a faulty airplane caused a deadly crash.

Joan Pines, as independent executor of the Estate of Phillip Pines, filed a lawsuit in August in the Cook County Circuit Court against EADS Socata, Socata North America Inc. and Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc., citing wrongful death, strict product liability, property damage, negligent infliction of emotional distress and personal injury.

According to the complaint, Phillip Pines died on Sept. 5, 2011 when his Socata TBM 700 airplane hit terrain after losing power while in flight.

Joan Pines claims the defendants manufactured, assembled, tested, serviced and sold Phillip the plane involved in the crash and failed to properly design, manufacture, test, service and assemble it or provide adequate warnings.

She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and is being represented by Alison C. Conlon and Timothy J. Maher of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Cook County Circuit Court case No. 2013L009521.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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