Suit Filed in Kansas Says Cessna Crash Caused by Drill Bit Left During Repair


A drill bit left during repair of a single-engine Cessna aircraft is responsible for a 2015 crash in Arkansas that caused minor injuries to the pilot and destroyed the new $712,290 aircraft, a federal lawsuit filed in Kansas alleged.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas against Textron Aviation in U.S. by Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. of Missouri and its insurance company involves the purchase of a 2014 Cessna T206H Stationair TC aircraft.
The case claims that the wrongly placed drill bit caused an accident and that Cessna’s parent company, Textron, refused to pay for the loss of the plane.

Textron declined to comment on the pending case.

During a pre-acceptance test flight, a problem was found in the left magneto, an independent electric generator that ignited the engine spark plugs.

Cessna Aircraft Co. of Wichita, Kansas changed the faulty magnet and stated that the aircraft was suitable for the aircraft according to the aircraft’s maintenance log.

On April 3, 2015, Mid-Continent received the delivery of the N164CS. The next month the plane crashed during takeoff from Piggott Municipal Airport in Arkansas.

The report of the National Transport Security Council on May 15th, 2015, said the engine was about 20 to 30 feet in the air when it “rose” before losing power. The plane settled back to the ground, but the rest was moving too fast to stand on the track. He came to rest in a watering ditch near the runway. The pilot’s airbag was activated during the accident.
According to the NTSB report, when the researchers cut the failed magnet into pieces, they found a piece of drill bit one inch long in length.

Continental said the insurance company had paid $ 699,000 for the insured damage of the National Association of Fire Insurance Company. There are $ 13,290 in uninsured losses on the Central Continent.

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