Postal firm’s destroyed jet engine excuse doesn’t fly with judge
US company says it wasn’t liable after SA-bound engine caught fire during transport. Judge is unimpressed
AN SA skydiving company owner has successfully sued the SA branch of US Postal Service and shipping company UPS for at least half a million rand after a jet engine that was being delivered to him in the Western Cape was damaged.
Last week, the Western Cape High Court found UPS South Africa liable for the jet engine that never even arrived in SA. According to the ruling by Judge Robert Henney, the dispute arose at the end of 2012, after Skydive Mossel Bay owner Hendrik Cornelis van Wyk needed the engine shipped back from Oklahoma in the US.
Van Wyk had sent the engine there in 2007 to have it overhauled, for use in the aircraft he used in his skydiving business...