Tuesday, January 23, 2007
This Insurance Journal article describes some of the recent revelations in the investigation into the fatal ComAir plane disaster in Kentucky last August, and discusses them in the context of the airline's exposure for compensatory and punitive damages. It focuses in particular on the apparently non-immediate death of at least one passenger; if you're yet to address damages for pain and suffering in your course, it might be a useful example case.
USA Today has more, including a lengthier discussion of the pilots' confusion just before the incident about whether they were on the right runway and their violation of the FAA's "sterile cockpit" rule, which forbids non-essential conversation.
All of it can be relevant to a punitive damages discussion as well.