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Warren, OH: (Feb-28-08) The estate of Dr. Franklin Rizer, a renowned Warren ear surgeon, brought wrongful death charges against Mooney Aircraft Co. and Mooney Aerospace Group, designer and manufacturer of the aircraft; Honeywell International Inc.; Honeywell General Aviation Business Corp.; Honeywell Business; and Winner Aviation. The surgeon died while piloting his own plane when it crashed in 2003. The suit, filed by Rizer's sister Dr. Melisa Rizer of Columbus, stated that her brother was killed Mar. 20, 2003, while on an instrument approach to Runway 17 of Leesburg Executive Airport in Leesburg, VA.

As part of a settlement reached, Mooney Aircraft Co. and Mooney Aerospace Group, Honeywell International Inc.; Honeywell General Aviation Business Corp.; Honeywell Business; and Winner Aviation agreed to resolve the wrongful death claim with a $15 million payout. The suit was under the consideration of Judge Thomas A. Swift of Trumbull County Probate Court, who approved a $6 million payout to the attorneys. Under the terms of the deal, the amount each company will pay the estate is not being made public. The remaining money will be paid to Dr. Melisa Rizer; Maria Rizer of Warren, the ear surgeon's wife; Kaylin Rizer Allshouse of Columbus, his niece; and the estate of Wanda Mae Rizer, his mother. [VINDY NEWS: FATAL PLANE CRASH]


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Published on Feb-29-08


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