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Twist in Real Housewives of Melbourne hubby’s private jet stoush

The legal battle between a Real Housewives of Melbourne husband and a private jet manufacturer has been settled after seven years. Andrew Norbury sued the manufacturer of his private plane in 2013 after it allegedly malfunctioned mid-flight, suddenly turning sharply and plummeting from the sky while on autopilot.Mr Norbury’s lawyer previously said he “nearly died”…

The legal battle between a Real Housewives of Melbourne husband and a private jet manufacturer has been settled after seven years.

Andrew Norbury sued the manufacturer of his private plane in 2013 after it allegedly malfunctioned mid-flight, suddenly turning sharply and plummeting from the sky while on autopilot.

Mr Norbury’s lawyer previously said he “nearly died” in the hair-raising 2011 incident.

But the company, through its lawyer, has argued Mr Norbury’s “basic airmanship” was at fault, not the plane.

The architect, CEO and property developer sued the company who made the plane, Cessna Aircraft Company – since renamed Textron Aircraft Inc – and aerospace parts manufacturer Rockwell Collins Inc.

He was claiming breach of warranty and incidental costs relating to the more than $US4 million ($AU5.4 million) plane, which his lawyer had claimed only had “scrap value”.

But on Thursday his lawyer Ian Freckelton QC told the court an agreement had been reached.

“We have positive news,” he said.

“The matter is resolved to the satisfaction and relief of all parties.

“We’re in the process of formalising the signature of a deed of release.”

Justice Peter Riordan said he congratulated the parties and lawyers.

“I can only imagine the difficulties that have been involved,” he said.

The details of the settlement are not known.

Mr Norbury is worth a reported $50 million, and his wife Lydia Schiavello is a star of Real Housewives of Melbourne.

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