An insurance provider for a St. Louis airline company is trying to recover more than $140,000 for what it claims was a botched repair job.

Old Republic Insurance Company, as subrogee for Merlin Aviation LLC, filed a lawsuit April 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ozark Air Services Inc.

According to the lawsuit, Merlin hired Ozark to repair one of its planes, a Beech King Air 2000. While working on the plane at its Vector Drive location in Cahokia, Ozark allowed the right engine of the Beech King to drop to the ground, the petition reads.

Merlin says the engine suffered significant damage and filed a claim with Old Republic to cover the repair or replacement costs. The insurance company claims it paid Merlin nearly $142,000 to repair the engine and now wants to collect that money from the shop it says is ultimately liable for the damages.

Old Republic accuses Ozark of negligence and asks to be awarded full reimbursement for $142,000 paid for repairs in addition to court fees.

Attorney Robert J. Kelleher of Chicago represents the insurance company.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 13-L-221

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