Maintenance Manual Error Results in Military Aviation Lawsuit

Case Title: Davis v. Boeing

During a maintenance test flight, a U.S. Army Chinook CH-47D twin-rotor helicopter crashed southeast of Fort Hood, Texas, on April 24, 1995. A critical load-bearing bushing was not inserted into the rear rotor assembly during maintenance due to an error in the maintenance manual. The missing bushing resulted in excessive loads being placed on bolts, causing the rear rotor to tilt forward and destructively strike the other rotor and main fuselage. The maintenance manual contained the erroneous assembly instruction (Task 5-115) and a conflicting instruction (Task 5-112) despite Boeing being contracted by the Army to provide current and accurate maintenance instructions in the Chinook manuals.

Mike Slack has been practicing law for over 36 years and has litigated hundreds of lawsuits. His experience as a licensed pilot and former NASA aerospace engineer gives him unique insight into aviation accident lawsuits.

Ladd Sanger is an attorney and a licensed pilot who focuses on aviation accidents, including product liability, product litigation, and representing clients who have been injured as a result of aviation accidents. His experience as a pilot helps him understand the technical aspects of aviation crashes.

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