A lawsuit filed after an RV-10 accident on the Oregon Coast in May 2014 has been dismissed, according to Van’s Aircraft officials.
The $35 million lawsuit was filed after the crash that claimed the life of the builder and his 4-year-old granddaughter. The suit alleges that the instructions for the kits and the parts provided by Van’s Aircraft and Floscan Instrument Co. “are inadequate and unsafe.”
The NTSB investigated the accident and concluded that the probable cause of the accident was:
A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation because of a blocked fuel line that resulted from the pilot’s improper maintenance practices and the pilot’s subsequent failure to maintain adequate airspeed while attempting a forced landing, which led to the airplane exceeding its critical angle-of-attack and experiencing an aerodynamic stall.”
According to a prepared release from Van’s Aircraft, “the plaintiffs’ attorneys in this case initially chose to publicize this suit extensively, along with the claim for very high damages. We know that many of our customers and others in the aviation community have been concerned about the status of this suit for some time.”
“The crew here at Van’s would like to let everyone know that this suit was dismissed,” it continued. “Van’s own investigation of the accident concurred with the NTSB probable cause report. The complaint against Van’s had no merit.”
“The loss of life and injuries caused by this and too many other accidents are truly sad and unfortunate…and preventable,” the release concluded. “Please build and fly safely.”