Category Archives: Aviation Law

Attorneys handling aviation law cases with experience investigating fault when plane crashes occur, whether in the US or internationally.

Who is Liable for an Airplane Crash?

Our blog recently discussed an airplane crash in Costa Rica that occurred on New Year’s Eve. Ten Americans and two Costa Rican pilots were killed in the crash. We also discussed how Colson Hicks Eidson has extensive experience handling domestic and international aviation accident cases. A lot more can be said about why aviation accidents occur each year. Pilot error, equipment malfunctions and design problems with aircraft are a few examples of why these tragedies occur each year. Airplane accident survivors or their family members may be able to seek compensation from the parties who may be liable for the crash. Common carriers/commercial airliners: Families or survivors can typically seek compensation from crashes involving commercial airliners. Our law firm has filed cases against American Airlines, Kenya Airlines, Austral Airlines, Lion Air, ValuJet, Gol Airlines, AeroPeru and Chalks Ocean Airways. Aircraft owners or operators: Some aviation crashes involve privately owned planes…
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Mysterious Helicopter Crash Leaves a Mountain of Questions

Last month, a helicopter operating out of Melbourne Airport crashed in Palm Bay. According to local police, the military-style helicopter was flying low before it crashed, killing all three people on board. By the time emergency crews arrived, the helicopter was completely engulfed in flames. While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed the aircraft was not operating in any type of military capacity at the time, the cause of the helicopter crash is still unknown and there was no distress call made prior to the accident. NTSB Senior Safety Investigator anticipates the investigation will take six months to a year. What Could Have Caused the Palm Bay Helicopter Crash? While helicopter accidents may be uncommon, the consequences for all on board can be devastating when they do occur. Piloting a helicopter is very different than piloting an airplane and some believe they are in fact more difficult to handle…
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New NTSB Report Clarifies The Fort Lauderdale Plane Fire

We brought you the story of the Fort Lauderdale plane fire that has the airline industry reexamining their safety and inspection protocols. Now the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have released new findings to shed light on the fire and the moments leading up to the accident. Clarifying The Fort Lauderdale Plane Fire Investigators discovered that the fuel supply line in the engine that caught on fire had somehow come loose. After surveying the plane’s maintenance logs, officials were determined that the area containing the fuel line had not been inspected before the scheduled flight. It has not been made clear if this was an oversight, or if the inspection procedure excluded this area. The NTSB’s preliminary report also revealed that the fire never made it into the cabin section of the airplane, which brings into question reports that one passenger sustained severe burns. The report…
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How Often Do Helicopter Crashes Happen?

A mosquito control helicopter went out on September 3rd to spray for larva near New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, but something went wrong. The helicopter crashed near a grove of trees on private land, but the rescuers had no idea where to start looking. How Did Rescuers Find the Helicopter Crash? The pilot, a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army and pilot of Black Hawk helicopters, managed a daring emergency landing. Luckily, he had his cellphone with him, and he placed a call to Volusia County Mosquito Control administration, which immediately called rescuers. However, nobody knew the exact location of the crash. “We were turning our sirens on to see if he could hear them,” The Deputy Chief of Volusia County Fire Rescue tells local reporters. “He was able to give us more of a location so we could zoom in on him.” First responders were also able…
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Engine Failure Causes Plane Crash: Passengers Survive

They had left the airport only a few minutes earlier when the low oil pressure light came on and warned a Canadian Armed Forces pilot that his engine was about to cut out. He and his wife were flying to Virginia when the engine failed, causing a fiery plane crash that the couple was lucky to survive. “We just spun around super quickly,” the pilot’s wife explained to reporters. “As soon as we touched down there were orange and red flames everywhere.” How Did They Escape The Plane Crash? Those flames burned her husband as he exited the craft and helped his wife from the burning wreckage. He suffered burns on the left side of his body, but his wife was spared any severe injuries. The pilot is now recovering at Ryder Trauma Center where he celebrated his 53rd birthday surrounded by family. Why Did The Plane Crash? The Broward…
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Plane Engine Explodes at Fort Lauderdale International Airport: Could It Have Been Prevented?

A call came over the radio as a Boeing 767 prepared to take off. Over the airwaves, the pilot of the plane behind the Dynamic Airways 767 announced, “Hey, Dynamic, the left engine looks like it’s leaking, I don’t know, a lot of fuel. There is fluid leaking out of the left engine.” Seconds later, that plane engine exploded at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Did The Passengers Make It Out? Pilots reported the engine fire at 12:34 pm and the plane was evacuated by 12:37 pm. Authorities told the press that 15 people were transported to Broward Health Medical Center. Three were reported as sustaining serious injuries—reports claimed that one victim was seriously burned—while the remaining 12 sustained mostly bumps and bruises. An investigation is under way, but experts are speaking out about the suspicious circumstances of the fire. Why Did The Plane Engine Explode? The 767 in question was…
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