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West Coast Airlines, Inc. v. Miner’s Aircraft & Engine Service, Inc.

Supreme Court of Washington
66 Wash.2d 513 (1965)


During the course of its operations, West Coast Airlines, Inc. (West Coast) (plaintiff) accumulated scrap metal that was placed in containers and set along an outside fence. Mistakenly, West Coast placed two new, recently-purchased jet engines in similar containers that were set alongside the scrap. All documentation pertaining to the engines was retained by West Coast. Thereafter, West Coast contacted a company to collect the containers and take them to a junkyard. The owner of Miner’s Aircraft & Engine Service, Inc. (defendant) visited the junkyard and purchased the engines. At the time of purchase, Miner knew that the engines were not “scrap” and likely had belonged to West Coast. Miner then sold one of the engines to Robert Clark (defendant). West Coast filed suit against defendants in replevin seeking the return of the engines. The trial court held for West Coast. Defendants appealed.

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