Appeals Court Rules Aon Must Pay $22M

March 10, 2003

The Illinois Appelate Court has ruled that insurance brokerage giant Aon Corp. must pay $22 million to the family of man killed in a plane crash helmed by the company’s corporate pilot, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

The man, Robert Whitener, was one of three people on board the corporate jet co-owned by Aon and Alberto-Culver Co. He was serving as co-pilot for Albert-Culver, but the plane never made it off the ground, skidding into a fence and exploding.

Aon has blamed faulty mechanics for the accident, though the National Transportation Safety Board found no fault with the plane. It’s not yet clear whether Aon will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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