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US SilkAir trial blames defects instead of pilot suicide
Last updated: 26 October 2014

published: 08 JUL 2004
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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"Parker Hannifin, the world's largest maker of hydraulic equipment, was told by a Los Angeles jury to pay USD43.6 million to the families of three people killed in a 1997 crash of a SilkAir plane in Indonesia. The L.A. Superior Court jury determined that defects in a rudder-control system caused the Boeing 737 to crash, killing all 104 people aboard. The NTSB concluded that there were no mechanical defects and the pilot intentionally caused the crash. " (Seattle Times)