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Delta Private Jets sues Premier Air Center repair company over alleged engine damage

By Mark Trammell | Sep 1, 2015

Delta Private Jets is suing Premier Air Center, the company that repaired corrosion to their engines and allegedly caused further damage, necessitating further repair.

Delta Private Jets, Inc. filed suit on Aug. 20 in Madison County Circuit Court against Premier Air Center, Inc. doing business as West Star Aviation, Inc., for compensatory damages allegedly incurred in the process of repairing one of their planes.

Delta Private Jets allegedly hired West Star Aviation to fix damages to a Cessna Citation Excel private jet due to corrosion on the engines near the bleed-off valves of both the left and right engines. As described in the authorized P&W repair manual, certain procedures were expected to be followed, as set forth in said manual, which were allegedly not followed as described. Specifically, the procedure is supposed to be performed by hand, instead of using a power grinder, which is what the plaintiff claimed was used in the commission of repairs by the defendant.

As a direct result of this, the surface of said engines were both ground down past the extent put forth in the manual, the plaintiff claims, and had to be shipped and sent to a P&W repair facility, at cost to the plaintiff, which was in excess of $265,000. In addition, substitute engines had to be rented in order to keep the plane functional, resulting in further expenses of $110,000. While this was being completed, in the down time that resulted, the company lost profits in excess of $9,000, the plaintiff claims. 

A letter to this effect was sent to the defendants, who allegedly denied culpability, and refused to reinstate said financial losses.

The plaintiff subsequently filed suit, with representation from Wayne Skigen, of the law firm of Lucco, Brown, Threlkeld and Dawson, LLP, of Edwardsville, in excess of $50,000.00 for compensatory damages, interest, lawyer and court costs, and other such relief as the court deems proper.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1069

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