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Who is Liable for an Airplane Crash?

February 21, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

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 or helicopters. Depending on the circumstances, the owner or operator of an aircraft could be liable for a crash.
  • Manufacturers: Airplane crashes can be caused by design or manufacturing defects. Aircraft may be designed in a way that leads to a crash. Specific parts of an aircraft could also lead to a crash.
  • Maintenance providers: Poor maintenance practices can lead to an aviation accident. One of the deadliest airplane crashes in US history was largely caused by poor maintenance practices. In 1979, American Airlines Flight 191 crashed during takeoff at O’Hare International Airport with 271 on board. It was later determined that substandard maintenance contributed to the crash.

Colson Hicks Eidson Has Experience with Commercial Airline Crash Lawsuits

Colson Hicks Eidson has experience with aviation accident cases involving commercial airliners, military aircraft and aircraft manufacturers. Our attorneys represented family members for passengers who died on American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed on its way to the Dominican Republic only two months after the 9/11 attacks.

You may speak to one of our attorneys at no cost if you or a loved one were harmed in an aviation accident. We also encourage you to continue reading our website to learn more about our experience handling aviation accident cases.