Yesterday (Friday) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a federal court jury found 737 rudder valve maker Parker Hannefin 75% liable and Boeing 25% liable for the USAir Flight 427 crash outside of Pittsburgh several years ago. The jury rejected the defense arguments that the USAir pilots were at fault for not reacting quickly enough to wake vortex.
Here's an excerpt from the article describing the defense lawyer's actions:
Silane spent a lot of his time in court attacking the pilots' actions in the cockpit, describing them as complacent and inattentive before the plane hit the vortex and then saying they did all the wrong things afterward.
"The only real defense [by US Airways' experts] is that, 'A pilot would never do that,' " he said in his closing argument. "We all know that pilots are human. They make mistakes."
Yesterday he said, "I have no interest in saying anything bad about the pilots. In a courtroom I have to defend my client."
He also insisted that Parker-Hannifin's valve was not defective.
"I'll tell you one thing, the valve didn't jam," he said. "I don't think there's any question that the valve did not jam."
My only comment is bullsh-t.