US AIRWAYS REACHES SETTLEMENT IN PHILA. DE-ICING CASE
US Airways will receive $1.8 million in a legal settlement stemming from a de-icing incident at Philadelphia International Airport in February 2005, according to the law firm that handled the case.
The Philadelphia-based Blank Rome firm said that on Feb. 28, 2005, a de-icing boom collapsed and damaged a US Airways plane, injuring a worker. Defendants who will contribute to the settlement include the maker of the boom, Elliott Equipment Co., and the designer of the de-icing pad, Global Ground Support, the law firm said.
“A companion suit was also settled involving costs incurred by Global Ground Support LLC to reengineer and retrofit the other 11 de-icing booms at the Philadelphia International Airport in order to prevent an incident like this from happening again,” the law firm said.
The case was settled late Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Blank Rome said. Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways (NYSE:LCC) is the dominant carrier at Philadelphia International Airport.
A representative at Omaha, Neb.-based Elliott could not be reached for comment. A spokesman at Olathe, Kan.-based Global said he could not provide details, although it was his understanding that the case had been settled.
Source - Philadelphia Business Journal