Jury absolves autopilot maker in crash of small plane

The first lawsuits were filed within weeks after Itzhak Jacoby's small Beechcraft Bonanza fell from the skies over Newark, plunging out of control into a working-class neighborhood the day after Thanksgiving in 1999. Eight years later, the...

After eight weeks of trial involving more than 40 witnesses, the jury deliberated for three days before ruling in favor of S-TEC.

U.S. District Judge Harold Ackerman is still considering an advisory jury verdict recommending no damages against the government.

Attorneys for the estate yesterday did not return calls for comment.

Ted Sherman may be reached at tsherman@starledger.com or (973) 392-4278.

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