Contact Us

Airplane Accidents
*    Denotes required field.

   * First Name 

   * Last Name 

   * Email 


Cell Phone 

Street Address 

Zip Code 



Date of accident : 

Type of aircraft: 

Flight Number (if airline):

Original point of departure:

Intended final destination:

Please describe the airplane accident and resulting injuries:

For verification purposes, please answer the below question:

No Yes, I agree to the Parker Waichman LLP disclaimers. Click here to review.

Yes, I would like to receive the Parker Waichman LLP monthly newsletter, InjuryAlert.

please do not fill out the field below.

Company Found Negligent in Carnahan Death

Jan 16, 2004 | AP

A Missouri jury found airplane parts manufacturer Parker Hannifin Corp. negligent Friday in the 2000 plane crash that killed Gov. Mel Carnahan and his son, and awarded the family $4 million.

The Jackson County jury awarded $3 million for Mel Carnahan and $1 million for his son Randy in compensatory damages. The jury did not award any punitive damages.

The Carnahans' attorney, Gary Robb, had asked the jury to consider awarding the family $100 million in compensatory damages.

The jury agreed with Robb's argument that a pair of vacuum pumps manufactured by Parker Hannifin failed on Oct. 16, 2000, causing a plane piloted by Randy Carnahan to crash. The crash also killed Chris Sifford, a longtime aide to the governor.

Attorneys for Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin argued that the vacuum pumps did not fail, and blamed the crash on the failure of the pilot's attitude indicator.

The indicator tells a pilot whether the plane is banking and whether the nose is high or low. That failure, on a rainy night, caused Randy Carnahan to become disoriented, the company said.

Related articles
Parker Waichman Accolades And Reviews Best Lawyers Find Us On Avvo