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Marines discontinue use of aircraft fleet after worst accident in decade

Last month, a military aircraft crashed in Mississippi and killed 16 individuals, making for one of the worst aviation accidents the Marines have experienced in over 10 years. According to reports, the aircraft apparently broke apart at cruising altitude. According to an anonymous pilot, the aircraft broke into two parts in front of the wings. The cause of the aircraft’s dismemberment is still unknown.

Shortly after that accident, the Marine Corps announced that it would be discontinuing flights of its KC-130T aircrafts indefinitely. The KC-130T cargo plane has been around since 1983, and gained a reputation during the Cold War era as one of the most reliable aircraft in military use. The aircraft is mostly used for transporting cargo and fuel. 

Aircraft accidents are tragic whenever they occur, no matter whether a great number of individuals or a single person is harmed. For aviation accident victims and their families, the ability to seek compensation from parties liable for the accident is important to help address the costs that come with catastrophic injuries and death. For active military members involved in military aircraft accidents, as well as their families, the ability to seek compensation is limited because of laws that protect the federal government from liability. Third party contractors who provide aircraft, components or maintenance to the military are also often protected from liability when a military aircraft accident occurs. There are, however, certain exceptions, and active duty military members harmed in an aviation accident should work with experienced legal counsel to build the strongest possible case in their favor.

In our next post, we’ll look at how the topic of seeking compensation from the federal government as a bystander injured in a military aviation accident. 

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