Bruce v. Martin-Marietta Corp.
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
544 F.2d 442 (1976)
A plane manufactured in 1952 by Martin-Marietta Corporation (Martin) (defendant) crashed in 1970, killing or causing severe injury to the passengers on board. When the plane crashed, a number of the seats came loose from the floor, crashing into the bulkhead and blocking the plane’s exit. Mike Bruce and other passengers (plaintiffs) brought suit against Martin based on negligence and strict liability, claiming that the plane was defective because it was not equipped with seat fastenings in use in planes manufactured at the time of the crash. Martin provided evidence that the design of the crashed plane complied with all of the requirements established by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) at the time the plane was manufactured. The trial court granted summary judgment to Martin. The plaintiffs appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Breitenstein, J.)
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