Pilot Sues Boeing After Fighter Fails In Flight

Law360, New York (March 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. Air Force reserve pilot is suing Boeing Co. Inc. over injuries he sustained when he was forced to eject from a plane in midair during a routine training maneuver.

The Missouri Air National Guard pilot, Stephen Stilwell, said Boeing was liable for the “catastrophic structural failure and in-flight break-up” of the military fighter aircraft he was operating on Nov. 2 of last year.

The plane, an F-15C Eagle, was designed and manufactured by Boeing's predecessor, McDonnell Douglas Corp., and bought by the U.S. Air...
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