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Beech Aircraft Corp. v. Rainey
Citation:488 U.S. 153 (1988)
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This litigation stems from the crash of a Navy training aircraft at Middleton Field, Alabama, on July 13, 1982, which took the lives of both pilots on board. The accident took place while Rainey, a Navy flight instructor and her student were flying “touch-and-go” exercises. Because of the damage to the plane and the lack of any supervisors, the cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty. The two pilots’ surviving spouses brought a product liability suit against petitioners Beech Aircraft Corporation. Defendant presented an investigative report prepared by Lieutenant Commander on order of the training squadron’s commanding officer. This report, completed during the six weeks following the accident, was organized into sections labeled “finding of fact,” “opinions,” and “recommendations.”
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