Aviation Expert Inspects Aircraft Engine Following Fatal Crash


Aviation ExpertThis case involves three individuals and a pilot who were all killed in an airplane crash. The aircraft was a PA28-236 Dakota owned by the deceased pilot. The plane departed at 2:15 pm from northern Montana en route to central Wyoming. The aircraft crashed around 2:45 pm killing all passengers on board. Prior to take off, the plane had been refueled and weather conditions on the day in question were ideal for flying. An expert in aviation familiar with this model aircraft was sought to inspect the engine and opine as to whether any deficiencies or manufacturing defects caused the crash.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Please briefly describe your experience with engine components for small aircraft.
  • 2. Do you have experience engineering / designing / inspecting these aircraft turbochargers?

Expert Witness Response E-087686

Components used in small aircraft are similar to those used in high-powered automotive engines. I have consulting and research experiences in the evaluation of engine performance enhancement methods. In addition, I have conducted multiple research projects in gasoline and gas-turbine engines, in particular for damages to compression devices. I have expert witness experience in engines, including deposition and review reports.

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