A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on April 7 awarded nearly $89 million in damages against Avco Corp.’s Lycoming Engine Div. as a result of a 1999 takeoff accident involving a Piper PA-32-260, in which four people were killed and one seriously injured. The jury awarded $24.7 million in compensatory damages and $64 million in punitive damages. Avco, a Textron, company, was found liable even though the NTSB had determined the probable cause of the Aug. 1, 1999, accident at North Lima, Ohio, ...

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