Aviation accidents are complex and involve many issues including air traffic control readings, witness interviews, radar readings, aircraft instrument readings and the state of the passengers and crew. In addition, aviation accidents often involve multiple jurisdictions.
Our attorneys are highly skilled and well respected in aviation law litigation, constantly striving to protect clients’ interests, identify the truth and determine the responsibility of aviation disasters. Colson Hicks Eidson understands the commitment and type of extensive resources necessary to win substantial settlements from airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airline insurers and other responsible parties.
Colson Hicks Eidson is among the few law firms nationwide that have tried complex products liability claims arising from aviation crashes in and outside of the U.S. The firm has successfully litigated dozens of high profile aviation cases against major aviation companies, including Boeing Aircraft, Airbus, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, Hughes Helicopters and Hughes Manufacturing, Cessna, Piper and Beech Craft Aviation.
The firm has represented families spanning from practically every corner of the globe, including the U.S., Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Jamaica, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. We often work in conjunction with local attorneys nationwide and outside the U.S.
Colson Hicks Eidson has a record of accomplishment that is unmatched.
- AeroPeru Boeing 757: The firm successfully concluded the international litigation and arbitration against AeroPeru and The Boeing Co. in its representation of 42 families who lost their loved ones in the crash of an AeroPeru Boeing 757 off the coast of Peru on October 2, 1996. Although the cases were initially filed in the United States federal court, they were arbitrated to a conclusion in Chile. The compensation levels in these cases were among some of the highest ever received for an aviation accident in South America.
- American Airlines Flight 587: On November 12, 2001, an Airbus 300, operated by American Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff in Belle Harbor, New York killing all those onboard. The firm represented several families who lost loved ones on the plane, and worked with a foundation in Bani, Dominican Republic to construct a memorial park in memory of those who died in this tragic accident.
- Explosive Technology Corporation and McDonnell Douglas Corporation: The firm filed a wrongful death suit against Explosive Technology Corporation and McDonnell Douglas Corporation on behalf of the young United States Air Force pilot who died when his ejection system failed. The suit was successfully handled in Los Angeles, California in 1995.
- Adam Air: A Boeing 737-300 operated by Indonesia’s Adam Air crashed in January 2007 killing 102 people. The firm played an active role in investigating safety violations by the budget carrier and handled litigation on behalf of the victims’ families.
- Kenya Airlines 737 in Cameroon: The firm represented many families who lost loved ones in an accident involving a Boeing 737 operated by Kenya Airlines, which crashed shortly after takeoff from Douala Airport in Cameroon in 2007.
- Gol Airlines: The firm represented 18 families of the victims of Gol Flight 1907 who were killed September 30, 2006 in a midair collision over the Brazilian rainforest. A collision-avoidance system on the jet was not operating at the time, according to U.S. and Brazilian investigators.
- Chalks Ocean Airways Seaplane Crash: The firm represented four families whose loved ones were killed in the tragic crash of a Chalks Ocean Airways seaplane on December 19, 2005, shortly after takeoff in Miami en route to Bimini.
- Lion Air: On November 30, 2004, Lion Air Flight 538 made a crash landing in Solo City, Indonesia, killing 23 of 146 passengers, the captain and a flight attendant. The firm settled the case on behalf of family members in the crash in Chicago, Illinois.
- Austral Airlines DC-9-32: The firm served as co-counsel for over two-thirds of the families of victims who perished when the aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, crashed in Argentina on October 10, 1997.
- ValuJet Flight 592: The firm represented families of victims who died when the airplane crashed into the Everglades on May 11, 1996 shortly after leaving Miami International Airport, killing all onboard.