A federal lawsuit filed against Teledyne Continental Motors has
been moved from Kentucky to Mobile, Alabama, where the company is
located. There are a number of other companies named in the lawsuit
as well, which was filed over three years ago.
The suit charges that Teledyne Continental manufactured
defective engine parts which were put into the engine of a Piper
Cherokee that went down near an airport in Central Kentucky on a
flight to Frankfort. According to the NTSB report, the pilot, Larry
Crouch, said he noticed smoke coming from the front of the airplane
and was attempting an emergency landing. Both he and his passenger,
Teddy Hudson, suffered severe injuries and were paralyzed. The NTSB
probable cause report says the accident was caused by "loss of
engine power for undetermined reasons."
The Press Register of Mobile, AL, reports that lawyers for
Crouch and Hudson say the engine failure was due to the failure of
a single-shaft dual magneto sold by Teledyne. The engine
manufacturer said it is not company policy to comment on pending
Crouch and Hudson are seeking damages for past and future
medical expenses, loss of potential earnings, and pain and
suffering. No dollar amount has been specified.