Jury Awards $2.8M In Forest Service Airplane Crash Suit

By Cara Salvatore (February 22, 2017, 6:37 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal jury awarded $2.75 million on Tuesday to a U.S. Forest Service employee's widow in a product liability trial over a fiery airplane crash.

The award found engine maker Continental Motor Co. liable. Co-defendant and cross-claimant Sterling Airways, the owner of the Cessna airplane that crashed, was not liable; in fact, it was listed as a beneficiary of the judgment, in addition to plaintiff and West Virginia resident Elizabeth Snider. It is not fully clear how or for what the jury apportioned the money, since the verdict sheet is not publicly available. But U.S. District Judge Curtis Joyner entered...

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