$3.75 Million Settlement Reached on Behalf of Five Military Families
AC-23B+ Sherpa Twin Turbo-prop carrying 21 National Guardsmen was enroute from Hulbert Field, Florida to Oceana NAS, Virginia, when it suddenly pitched sharply downward and rolled to the left, ripping the wings from the fuselage. The three-man Florida National Guard flight crew and all 18 of the Virginia Guardsmen on board lost their lives.
Our firm was retained to represent a number of the families of the deceased Guardsmen. We discovered that the manufacturer had modified the plane’s original design by cutting it in two, adding a cargo ramp, removing 6 feet of the cabin, and making a change to the tail section. The scientific evidence showed that these modifications had a catastrophic effect on the longitudinal stability of the aircraft.
A settlement of $3.75 million was reached with Bombardier Aerospace, Short Brothers of Northern Ireland, Duncan Aviation, and Rockwell Collins, all of whom had been involved in the production or maintenance of this airplane.