A lawsuit filed Monday claims the manufacturer of a plane that crashed in Palos Hills in 2014 was negligently designed, manufactured and assembled.
The plane crashed at 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2014, in the 10100 block of South 86th Court, killing three Kansas doctors—neurosurgeon Tausif Ur Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Kanchwala’s wife, Maria Javaid, an interventional cardiologist, the Sun Time reported at the time.
The plane was flying from Midway Airport to Lawrence, Kansas, when it crashed 5 minutes after take off. There was no fire after the plane crashed in a heavily residential neighborhood, but there was debris in front yards and minor damage to a vehicle.
Amina Rehman and Farahnaz Bandukwala are suing Beechcraft Corporation, Honeywell International, and Lloyd Hetrick on behalf of Rehman and Kanchwala, claiming the plane had a faulty autopilot and artificial horizon. The lawsuit does not explain Hetrick’s involvement in the crash.
The suit also claims the plane’s maintenance manual, pilot operating handbook, illustrated parts catalog and other documents did not provide instruction on the proper maintenance of the autopilot and artificial horizon.
Beechcraft and Honeywell could not be immediately reached for comment.
The 10-count lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.