9th Circ. Won't Reopen Boeing Fatal Crash Suit

By Emily Field (November 4, 2019, 5:46 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a suit against Boeing Co., Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., and Eaton Aerospace LLC over an aircraft crash that killed two soldiers, finding that the aircraft's design conformed to federal government specifications.

The appeals panel rejected arguments by Lance Corporal Matthew J. Determan's family that a lower court erred in granting summary judgment in the companies' favor on the grounds that they were immune as government contractors. There is undisputed evidence that the government approved reasonably precise guidelines for the engine air particle separator system in the MV-22 Osprey, the panel said....

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