Engine Maker Hit With $26M Verdict Over 2008 Plane Crash

Law360, New York (April 8, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT) -- Engine manufacturer Avco Corp. must pay $26 million to the relatives of three victims of a 2008 airplane crash purportedly caused by a mechanical defect in the aircraft's engine, the relatives' attorneys announced Monday.

Following a six-week trial in Washington state court, a Seattle jury hit Avco, which does business as Lycoming Engines, with more than $17 million in damages over the deaths of pilot Brenda Houston and her 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth Crews. That award includes $6 million in punitive damages, and will go to plaintiff Paul Thomas Crews, according to his counsel with Landye Bennett & Blumstein LLP.

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