The ordinary law of bailment applies where an aircraft is delivered to a bailee for safe custody or for any other purpose such as repair; the standard of care to be taken by the bailee will vary as the bailment is gratuitous or for valuable consideration, and may be modified by special contract1. In general the bailee will be excused if he can show that the loss or destruction of chattels, while lawfully in his care, took place without negligence or default attributable to him or his agents acting within the scope of their authority
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