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What is the Montreal Convention and what rights does it confer on passengers? P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the Montreal Convention, which is one of the laws governing liability for international airline accidents. As we noted, the law imposes liability for damages resulting from the death or injury of passengers, compensating the latter with special drawing rights. Airlines are not able to limit liability if the damages do not exceed that amount.  

What is the Montreal Convention and what rights does it confer on passengers?

One of the laws governing international air carrier liability is the Montreal Convention, an international treaty struck in 1999 which applies to all international carriage of baggage or cargo for compensation. The treaty applies both to businesses, governments and to “legally constituted public bodies.”  

Liability for hot air balloon accidents not always as clear as with ordinary aircraft, P.2

Previously, we began looking at the topic of liability for hot air balloon accidents. One interesting point our readers may not be aware of is that hot air balloons are technically considered to be “aircraft” and are regulated accordingly. Operation of hot air balloons is regulated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which has established standards concerning airworthiness, maintenance, rebuilding, alteration, operating and flight rules.

Liability for hot air balloon accidents not always as clear as with ordinary aircraft, P.1

Readers are accustomed to hearing, from time to time, about small plane and large airline accidents in the news, particularly those involving large crowds of people. Such accidents, particularly small plane accidents, occur with relative frequency. Hot air balloon accidents, on the other hand, do not occur as often.

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