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Reality star hubby’s private jet woes

The private jet of a Real Housewives of Melbourne husband is “unairworthy,” it was claimed in a Melbourne court on Tuesday.Andrew Norbury, the husband of TV personality Lydia Schiavello, is suing the manufacturer of his private plane.He brought the suit after an alleged hair-raising incident in 2011 where the plane, while on autopilot, suddenly turned…

The private jet of a Real Housewives of Melbourne husband is “unairworthy,” it was claimed in a Melbourne court on Tuesday.

Andrew Norbury, the husband of TV personality Lydia Schiavello, is suing the manufacturer of his private plane.

He brought the suit after an alleged hair-raising incident in 2011 where the plane, while on autopilot, suddenly turned sharply to the left while plummeting 2000 feet a second.

The Supreme Court of Victoria heard on Monday that Mr Norbury “was able to wrest control of the plane” over 15 minutes as it continued doing things “it had never done before”.

On Tuesday Mr Norbury’s lawyer Gideon Boas told the court the jet was “unairworthy”.

“The evidence will be that it is worthless,” he said.

“No sane person would get back in that aircraft or fly it again.

“It may well have scrap value.”

The private jet cost Mr Norbury over $US4 million ($AU5.4 million) when he bought it in 2007 from Kansas-based Cessna Aircraft Company, since renamed Textron Aircraft Inc.

Mr Norbury is a successful architect and head of much-awarded architecture firm METIER3 as well a property developer, and is worth a reported $50 million.

He is also suing aerospace parts manufacturer Rockwell Collins Inc as part of the suit, which is claiming breach of warranty as well incidental costs.

Mr Norbury has not felt comfortable flying the plane since the 2011 incident, his lawyer told the court on Tuesday.

But lawyers for Cessna and Rockwell Collins previously told the court it was Mr Norbury’s flying which was at fault, not the plane.

The trial continues.

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