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Aviation Accidents

Aviation Accidents

Aviation accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.  Over the last 10 years, there were on average approximately 1600 plane crashes each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  The NTSB reported that there were 1.27 fatal plane crashes per 100,000 flight hours in the United States.  These crashes occur at airports including the local airports at Los Angeles (LAX), Burbank (BUR), Torrance (TOA), San Francisco (SFO), and Orange County (SNA).

Plane Crashes Resulting in Severe Injuries

Cases involving aircraft accidents involve commercial airplanes, helicopters, private airplanes and jets, and cargo planes.  Given the nature of these types of crashes, these accidents typically result in catastrophic injuries and death.  Victims suffer injuries such as severe burns, brain injuries, amputations, spine and back injuries and post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).  If you have been involved in an accident on board an aircraft, it is important to find an attorney who has experience handling aviation accidents.

We at Heimanson & Wolf, LLP have successfully represented victims of aviation accidents.  For example, we represented a pilot of a helicopter who was the victim of a mid-air helicopter crash at Torrance Airport.  The pilot fell over 300 feet in his helicopter but miraculously survived.  Yet, he suffered severe fractures, head trauma, post-traumatic stress and the early onset of severe arthritis.  We successfully proved that the air traffic control caused the crash by issuing faulty commands to the pilots involved and put them on a collision course.  Our client was awarded approximately $4.5 million.

Montreal Convention and International Plane Crashes

International air transportation is governed by a treaty known as the Montreal Convention, formerly the Warsaw Convention.  As a treaty, this law is the highest law of the land, equivalent to the U.S. Constitution.  If you have been involved in an accident on board an international flight beginning and ending in the United States, it is likely that the law that will govern your case will be the Montreal Convention.  Many international flights which would be governed by the Montreal Convention depart and arrive in Los Angeles every day.

Under the Montreal Convention, a passenger who is injured on board an international flight will recover up to certain liability limits for any “accident” that occurs on board regardless of the neglect of the airline.   If the passenger seeks damages in excess of that liability limit, the airline may avoid liability by proving that it was not at fault or negligent.

Aviation accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.  Over the last 10 years, there were on average approximately 1600 plane crashes each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  The NTSB reported that there were 1.27 fatal plane crashes per 100,000 flight hours in the United States.  These crashes occur at airports including the local airports at Los Angeles (LAX), Burbank (BUR), Torrance (TOA), San Francisco (SFO), and Orange County (SNA).