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Piper Aircraft v. Reyno
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In 1976, a plane crashed in Scotland killing six people, all Scottish. The twin-engine plane was manufactured in Pennslvania by Piper aircraft (Defendant), and the propellers were manufactured by Hartzell Propeller, Inc. (Defendant) in Ohio. The airplane was registered in Great Britain and was owned and maintained by Air Navigation and Trading Co. It was operated by McDonald Aviation, Ltd., a Scottish air taxi service. The court appointed administratrix of the estates of the five passengers, Gaynell Reyno (Plaintiff), filed a wrongful death lawsuit in a U.S. court on behalf of the decedents. The lawsuit named Piper (Defendant) and Hartzell (Defendant) as defendants, but not Air Navigation and Trading or McDonald Aviation. Reyno (Plaintiff) admits that the action against Defendants was filed in the United States because its laws on the issues were more favorable to her case than Scottish laws. Defendants moved to dismiss on the ground of forum non conveniens, and the district court granted the motions. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded to trial.
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