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United States Third Circuit

Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp., 14-4193

In a case involving alleged manufacturing and design defects in an aircraft engine, brought by the wife of a pilot who was killed as a result of serious injuries and burns he suffered when his plane crashed, the District Court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants is reversed where Abdullah v. American Airlines, Inc., 181 F.3d 363 (3d Cir. 1999), which held that federal law preempts the field of aviation safety, does not extend to state law products liability claims because: 1) Congress must express its clear and manifest intent to preempt an entire field of state law; and 2) the Federal Aviation Act, the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, and the regulations promulgated by the Federal Aviation Administration reflect that Congress did not intend to preempt aircraft products liability claims in a categorical way.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/04/19




  • United States Third Circuit


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