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U.S. Man Sues Boeing, Others for Nigerian Plane Crash
Prouct Design and Development ^ | June 8, 2012 | Michael Tarm, AP

Posted on 06/08/2012 2:36:12 PM PDT by Still Thinking

A man whose wife died when a Nigerian commercial airliner crashed into a crowded neighborhood in that country's largest city filed a lawsuit in the United States on Thursday that blames the accident, at least in part, on U.S. companies that designed, manufactured and sold the ill-fated plane.

An American attorney filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago on behalf of David Chukwunonso Allison, whose wife, Joy Chiedozie Allison, was on the Dana Air MD-83 that went down in the African nation Sunday afternoon. The crash killed 153 people who were on the plane and an undetermined number of people on the ground.

Nigeria's Aviation Minister Stella Oduah said Wednesday that the flight's captain radioed Lagos as the aircraft approached and declared an emergency, saying both of the MD-83's engines had failed. Minutes later, theplane crashed into several buildings.

Without offering details, the suit claims the Pratt & Whitney "engines used a defective and unreasonably dangerous design."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aviation; boeing; lawsuit; liability; mcdonneldouglas; md83; nigeria; planecrash
...which design must have been extremely clever in it's danger and defective nature, for both of the defectively designed engines to fail simultaneously.

Bad fuel, maybe?

1 posted on 06/08/2012 2:36:24 PM PDT by Still Thinking
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To: Still Thinking

Bad fuel, ingested a flock of birds, electrical failure, ran out of fuel,....

I was sorry to see the MD-80 family go. I really liked those aircraft.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 2:43:32 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: Still Thinking

No fuel?


3 posted on 06/08/2012 2:43:56 PM PDT by Gamecock (I worked out with a dumbbell yesterday and I feel vigorous!)
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To: Still Thinking
Some common system (like fuel), but not both P&W engines.

Where did it last refuel? In Africa, that would be my first (and second) suspect...

4 posted on 06/08/2012 2:46:13 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: jimtorr

I miss DC-10’s (and DC’s in general).


5 posted on 06/08/2012 2:46:46 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking

My bet is on the fact that this was a Nigerian airline.

Wanna bet that a ton of new 419 scam e-mail will be inspired by this crash?


6 posted on 06/08/2012 2:46:54 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: TXnMA
Where did it last refuel? In Africa, that would be my first (and second) suspect...

That was kinda my thought too. That continent runs on graft, so maybe a little water in the fuel (who's gonna notice...), etc.

7 posted on 06/08/2012 2:48:49 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: TXnMA

Dana Air is a Nigerian airline that has a whopping five destinations.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 2:48:49 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Still Thinking
I can see him maybe suing for selling a well made, highly technical piece of equipment to some Third World Craphole country where the donkey carts are probably too sophisticated for most of the population but if they didn't they'd get sued for that, too.
9 posted on 06/08/2012 2:49:22 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Still Thinking

This was not just any ol’ African nation, but Nigeria - a country that has a whole internet scam named after it!


10 posted on 06/08/2012 2:52:59 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: jimtorr

I fly on the md-80 planes all the time. Delta has a ton of them still around.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 2:53:51 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Still Thinking
Anyone who willingly gets on a plane in a Third World Craphole is playing Russian Roulette.

I watched a twin engine prop job circling the airfield at Sharm El Sheik in '86 with one prop feathered trying to start the second engine. After about 30 mins it landed and the locals loaded up and flew away on one engine.

Hope they made it... Insha'Allah

12 posted on 06/08/2012 2:54:34 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Still Thinking

Boeing built the plane they didn’t operate it and Nigeria Air didn’t operate it properly.Anyone who boards one of these third world carriers has a death wish


13 posted on 06/08/2012 3:15:32 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Still Thinking

Why are they suing Boeing? MD80 is a McDonnel-Douglass aircraft.

Did Boeing buy McDonnel-Douglass?


14 posted on 06/08/2012 3:16:29 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Army Air Corps

” Dana Air is a Nigerian airline that has a whopping five destinations. “

Six...


15 posted on 06/08/2012 3:19:00 PM PDT by moovova (New requirements for President: Birth certificate AND a urine test.)
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To: Still Thinking
Having flown on Third World airlines on more than a few occasions I'll wager that Boeing (and whoever made the engines) are the *last* ones to blame.Abysmal maintenance and/or water in the jet fuel (placed there either intentionally or through breathtaking carelessness) are much more likely explanations,But then an American suing a Nigerian airline in a Nigerian court isn't my definition of “deep pockets”.

If I was on the jury my verdict would be "not responsible".

16 posted on 06/08/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Still Thinking

Both engines out after a flight, simultaneously?

Out of fuel.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 3:24:58 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: Westbrook
Years ago.
18 posted on 06/08/2012 3:27:53 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: starlifter

Wow. I didn’t know that.


19 posted on 06/08/2012 3:29:48 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Flew Vietnam Airlines in 2000; An A-320 twice and an F-72 variant. Very nice. They seem to have a fairly good record.


20 posted on 06/08/2012 3:42:30 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Westbrook

Yes.


21 posted on 06/08/2012 3:44:05 PM PDT by expat2
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To: Still Thinking

To paraphrase Johnny Cochran....

If the pockets are deep, the settlement won’t be cheap


22 posted on 06/08/2012 3:48:49 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Westbrook

NEWSFLASH... 1997 ... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/business/longterm/boeing/boeing.htm


23 posted on 06/08/2012 3:50:52 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Still Thinking; All

Boeing planes do have a reputation with total engine loss! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider


24 posted on 06/08/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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Don’t take this too personally sir, but you are full of crap. The “Gimli glider” incident was caused by human error during the fueling process. There’s nothing in the design manuals about building engines that will continue to run with no fuel.


25 posted on 06/08/2012 4:16:16 PM PDT by namsman
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To: Westbrook
MD80 is a McDonnel-Douglass aircraft.
Did Boeing buy McDonnel-Douglass?

In 1997. Since (limited) production was halted and the last MD-83 delivered in 1999, it's unlikely Boeing actually built the crashed aircraft (they obviously didn't design it).

This is another Nigerian scam - they'll go for an out-of-court settlement...

26 posted on 06/08/2012 5:00:28 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Still Thinking

I don’t know why they keep making these planes that just fall out of the sky.

It’s a wonder they’re still in business.

/s/s/s


27 posted on 06/08/2012 5:06:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: namsman
... but you are full of crap.

I guess you're an authority on being full of crap so I will take your word for it.

The fact of the matter is the Boeing 767 aka "The Gimli Glider" ran out of fuel... both engines went out... (because of no fuel) no thrust... no lift... gravity took over and the pilot did a superb job of landing the plane with no fatalities. There is nothing in this news report that states the cause of the MD-83's engine failure. Human error... who knows.

28 posted on 06/08/2012 5:29:38 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Westbrook
Did Boeing buy McDonnel-Douglass?

Yes they did. I worked for MD 15 years and Boeing for one day. I was leaving for another job and my official last day was Boeing's official first day.

29 posted on 06/08/2012 5:34:48 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Westbrook
Did Boeing buy McDonnell-Douglas?

Yes.

30 posted on 06/08/2012 7:22:56 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: moovova
Six...

Literally LOL'd for that one. (I understand they're trying to remove that one from the schedule, though)

31 posted on 06/08/2012 7:24:51 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: missnry

Wasn’t that glider incident due to a confusion with the Metric / Imperial units during re-fueling?


32 posted on 06/09/2012 11:39:55 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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Wasn’t that glider incident due to a confusion with the Metric / Imperial units during re-fueling?

Yes. Human error... the pilot's skills and the "RAT" on board the 767 helped save the day.

33 posted on 06/09/2012 1:03:34 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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