Airplane Accidents

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Katz to Ankin PR Is Air Travel Still Safe?

With so many airline crashes in the news, one has to wonder if it’s safe to fly anymore. Despite the threat of terrorist attacks, bombs and mid-air explosions, the International Air Transport Association assures passengers...more

Is Air Travel Still Safe?

With so many airline crashes in the news, one has to wonder if it’s safe to fly anymore. Despite the threat of terrorist attacks, bombs and mid-air explosions, the International Air Transport Association assures passengers...more

Courts Continue to Reaffirm Preemptive Effect of Statute Protecting Aircraft Lessors

A decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii joins a growing list of holdings reaffirming the proposition that an owner, lessor or secured party not in actual possession or control of an aircraft is...more

Hidden Defects Linked to Small Plane Crashes

Over the last few decades, close to 50,000 people have died in helicopter and small plane crashes in the U.S. This is almost ten times the number of people killed in major airline crashes. In addition, thousands of people...more

Number of Airline Accidents Dropped in 2015

It is common for those who need to travel by airplane to be concerned about their safety while up in the air. With worries ranging from mechanical failures to terrorism, fliers have a right to be concerned. However, there is...more

Know Your Rights in the Case of an Aviation Accident

An Air Passenger’s Rights Individuals board a plane without the knowledge of the rights that they have. In the event of an unexpected air crash, it pays to know what legal actions can be done in order to keep a passenger...more

Washington Court Upholds Preemption Ruling for Aircraft Component Manufacturer

Last week, in the Estate of Virgil Becker v. Forward Technology Industries, Inc., a Washington appellate court upheld a lower court decision affirming the dismissal of claims against an aircraft component manufacturer on...more

OEM Disclaimers Withstand Challenge in Helicopter Crash: Damage to helicopter from defective part constitutes excluded...

On July 2, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued a decision in City of New York v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 13 CV 6848 that left the plaintiff without any remedy against the...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Admiralty Jurisdiction in Asiana Airlines Lawsuits

In litigation arising from the July 2013 accident of Asiana Flight 214 at the San Francisco International Airport, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed the District Court's remand decision, holding that...more

Court Reaffirms Preemptive Effect of Statute Protecting Aircraft Lessors

The District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands has reaffirmed the proposition that an aircraft lessor is shielded from liability for injuries to persons on board an accident aircraft when the lessor is not in possession...more

Data stored on aiplanes’ black boxes may help a personal injury claim

Most safety experts agree that flying is the safest from of travel in existence today. However, airplane accidents, while rare compared to car crashes, do occur with regularity. ...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Save the Plane – Or Save Yourself From a Libel Suit?

Fear of liability may match fear of flying for many Americans. We all know that commercial aviation is one of the safest forms of modern transportation. But it only takes a gut-wrenching drop of an aircraft in the...more

Disclosure of Germanwings Co-pilot’s Medical Information Raises Tricky Privacy Concerns

Recent reports surrounding Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz suggest that Lubitz told his doctors he was on sick leave (or was instructed by his doctors to be on sick leave), and concealed that he was still flying for the...more

The End of an Era and the End of Facilitation Payments?

Two famous New Yorkers died this week. Both spoke to not only to the glamour of the Big Apple, but the city’s once undisputed crown as the cultural mecca of the US. They were Allie Sherman and Bess Myerson....more

Will a Red Notice Subject be Caught When Traveling? Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Illustrates Why the Answer is Elusive

A good number of Red Notice subjects who seek to remove their notices from INTERPOL's files are legitimate businessmen and women who need to travel to maintain their livelihoods. Many of them find themselves forced to...more

Foreign Air Carriers Must Adhere to a “Family Assistance Plan” in the Event of an Accident on American Soil Resulting in Major...

Following the July 6, 2013, crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to assist passengers’ families in accordance with the Foreign Air...more

Common Policyholder Pitfalls When Navigating London Aviation Insurance Claims

Maintaining appropriate insurance is critical for the entire aviation industry. Many US-based airlines, aircraft owners/financiers, and aircraft lease servicers devote significant resources at the front end setting up their...more

Preparing for NTSB Investigative Interviews

Those who face investigative interviews before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) should be fully aware of the applicable rules and regulations. Key topics relating to NTSB investigative interviews include...more

More Compliance Lessons From The Asiana/SFO Crash Investigation

I have long been interested in the intersection in the changes in attitude regarding safety in the workplace by corporations and the changing attitudes on doing business through bribery and corruption. As a trial lawyer...more

Fingers Point to Different Defendants in Asiana Airlines Plane Crash

David McMahon, who represents insurers in litigation resulting from natural disasters and product liability lawsuits against the airline and cruise industry, was interviewed for an Aug. 6, 2013, Claims Journal article,...more

Aviation Flyer - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - The United States Supreme Court’s Competing Guidance Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers - Recent French Appeals Court Decision in Concorde Crash Step Forward Towards...more

Asiana Flight 214 – A Tragedy and a Miracle #AviationAttorney

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to all 307 passengers, crew and their families of flight 214. 2 of the 307 did not survive the crash and aftermath in San Francisco and at least 50 have serious injuries. Another 130 are...more

Policy’s Forum Selection Clause Found Binding on Assignee of Insured

In Kostelac v. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG, 2013 WL 1668245 (11th Cir. Apr. 17, 2013) (unpub.), the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the application of the forum non conveniens doctrine to a coverage...more

Wilson Elser and NTSB General Counsel Co-Author Guide to NTSB Accident Investigations

In This Guide: - 1 Abstract - 1 The NTSB - 2 Initiation and Nature of NTSB Investigations - 3 On-Scene Organization - 3 NTSB Investigation Groups - 4 Parties to the Investigation - 5...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Gets Its First Shot at Interpreting Nicastro

In J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro, a plurality of the United States Supreme Court held that merely placing a product into the stream of commerce with the expectation that it would wind up in the forum state was not...more

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