It's almost a cliché for people to worry that some kind of unexplained equipment failure is going to strike their aircraft when they are due to travel. Of course, the odds of being in a crash due to aircraft product defects is relatively slim. Even so, when something that seems inconceivable does happen to a commercial jet, it makes all of us sit up and take notice, regardless of where in the world it takes place.
A saga stemming from a skydiving plane that crashed nearly seven years ago appears to be at an end. Six people were killed when the plane went down in Missouri in 2006; the families of five of the victims sued the maker of one of the airplane's parts. A jury awarded the group $48 million -- $28 million in punitive damages and $20 million in compensatory damages.