This case involves a well-known politician who was on a flight to test out aerial photography technology with his son. The politician’s son was flying the plane. During the flight, the politician’s son reported problems with the plane’s altitude indicator. Meteorology reports indicated that the weather on the night of the crash was rainy and cloudy. During the flight, two of the plane’s vacuum pumps failed, shutting off power to the plane’s directional gyroscope and attitude indicator. Because of this, the politician’s son was unable to see the plane’s position in the air. The plane crashed 30 miles south of its final destination and the politician and his son were killed. The company that manufactured the plane’s vacuum pump and manifold system had issued three service bulletins that warned pilots that various parts of the system could fail and could cause death, bodily harm or property damage. There had previously been 20 other plane crashes where the same vacuum pumps had failed during flights and caused the deaths of 46 people. The company took years before it finally decided to stop manufacturing the vacuum pumps. The politician’s widow filed a wrongful death suit against the company that manufactured the vacuum pump claiming that they had violated aviation manufacturing regulations since the faulty pump and manifold system caused the plane crash.