Class Certified In Suit Over Alleged Airplane Defects

Law360, New York (September 28, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has granted class status to thousands of current and previous airplane owners who claim Lycoming Engines designed and built defective engine crankshafts that can cause a total loss of engine power as well as in-flight engine failures.

Judge Timothy J. Savage of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that the cases of more than 3,000 aircraft owners involved common questions of fact centering on the alleged defect.

Lycoming, a Williamsport, Penn.-based unit of Avco Corp., tried to...
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