AIR CRASH LITIGATION

Prosecuting claims for injuries and wrongful death arising out of air crash litigation whether in a general aviation aircraft or air carrier aircraft. Actions against air carriers may be either for domestic air crashes or proceedings under the Warsaw Convention for injuries or death occurring on an international flight. Have been involved in litigation of actions arising out of crashes in Argentina, Canada and Australia. Considerable experience in pursuing claims of product liability against aircraft/component manufacturers. Litigation against FAA certified repair stations for improper repairs resulting in post maintenance crashes.

Air crashes have so many components that regard the pilot(s) (how long a pilot, currency, medical, pilot history, etc.), the plane (current on all airworthiness issues, properly structured for what it was being used for, manufacture specifications, insurance, passengers, Air Traffic Control, weather, where the crash occurred, etc.). Why do you think it takes the NTSB so long to render a final report? Besides the sheer number of aircraft crashes, it takes a year to gather all the information together to render that report. So, a few things to remember: (1) Whether you are a member of the crew or a family member of a hurt or dead pilot left to deal with the aftermath of a crash, conquer the stresses, CALL AN ATTORNEY ASAP! This could mean the difference between making a recovery on the case or just plain losing out.

Pilots who are involved in a crash, even a minor incident, should immediately seek the help of an aviation attorney. You have reports to file. If you own the aircraft, you have insurance to deal with. If it is serious enough for the FAA or NTSB to get involved, they are going to want to interview you right away. Everything is time sensitive. GET ATTORNEY ADVICE BEFORE TALKING TO THE FAA OR NTSB.

If you are a family member of someone who died in an air crash please be aware that YOU HAVE A FINITE AMOUNT OF TIME TO FILE AGAINST THE BUSINESS OR AIRLINE, PLANE MANUFACTURER, AIRPORT, OR ANY BUSINESS OF ANY KIND THAT MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CRASH. This is called the Statute of Limitations. It is different for every state. Here in Georgia it is two years. DO NOT make the mistake of calling an attorney for help 7 – 14 days before the Statute of Limitations runs. It is simply impossible to gather all the information necessary to file suit on a crash within that amount of time. Also, we have had people tell us they were waiting for the NTSB report. As stated earlier, the NTSB report could take two years. It is also NOT admissible in Court. It is an indicator, not the final arbiter of what happens in a court of law. If you are not sure what to do, call an attorney who is an aviation attorney and can give you the best advice possible. Contact Alan today for a consultation.

Read Alan’s articles on Air Crash Litigation:

Interview on CNN about Southwest Flight 1380

Alan Armstrong, aviation attorney and pilot is interviewed by Brooke Baldwin of CNN about Southwest Flight 1380 where jet engine compressor blade penetrated the cabin window resulting in the death of a passenger. Armstrong describes a jet engine as a "Cylinder of...

Interview on CBS about unaccompanied minor not allowed to board Frontier Airlines flight

On August 14th, 2018, Alan Armstrong, pilot and aviation lawyer, was interviewed on CBS 46 about Frontier Airlines flight from Orlando, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia where unaccompanied minor was not permitted to board the flight after his aunt left him at the gate.

Interview on CNN TV about flight diverted with unaccompanied minors on board

On August 9th, 2018, Alan Armstrong, pilot and aviation lawyer, was interviewed by Brooke Baldwin of CNN on August 9, 2018, regarding Frontier Flight No. 1756 that was to have landed in Orlando but diverted to Atlanta and the lack of communication between the airline and the parents of unaccompanied minor children aboard the flight

Interview on WXIA: Father sues flight school over Son’s death.

Rebecca Lindstrom of WXIA TV, Channel 11, interviewed Alan Armstrong about the death of a student pilot killed on a training flight when his aircraft crashed due to fuel exhaustion. Alan Armstrong filed the complaint for wrongful death against the flight school....

Interview on WSB-TV about mechanic who threatened to sabotage aircraft

Nicole Carr of WSB-TV, Channel 2 interviewed Alan Armstrong about aircraft mechanic Nuetne Williamson who, in Las Vegas, threatened to sabotage aircraft in the presence of law enforcement officers. Williamson was promptly arrested and incarcerated in Las Vegas, and...

Interview on CNN about Airbus A-319 windshield failure

On April 15 2018, Alan Armstrong was interviewed by Brianna Keller of CNN about an Airbus A-319 that sustained a failure in the co-pilot's windshield at 33,000 feet over China. Despite the emergency, the captain was able to safely land the aircraft. The failure of the...

Interview on CBS-46 about C-130 Hercules Military Plane Crash

Alan Armstrong is interviewed by CBS-46's Vince Sims, about the C-130 Hercules Military Transport Plane that crashed near Savannah on May 2, 2018. The plane went down not far from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The aircraft was part of the Puerto Rico...

Interview on WAGA on April 17 about Southwest Flight 1380

On April 17 2018, Alan Armstrong was interviewed on WAGA Fox 5 by Denise Dillon, about Southwest Flight 1380 which suffered a catastrophic explosion in its left engine (A cfm-56 engine). Southwest Flight 1380 took off from New York, and was headed to Dallas when the...

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