If you suffer injuries in a New York plane crash, or your loved one dies in a crash, in all likelihood you will want to sue the manufacturer of the plane and/or of its component parts. When you do so, strict liability law applies. What this means is that you need not prove that the manufacturer(s) acted negligently in order to prevail in your lawsuit.
Airplanes are responsible for safely transporting you and your family through the air and to your destination. As planes travel over time, however, different stresses and pressure can cause the composite structures to crack or fatigue. In fact, fatigue cracks are one of the most common causes of structural failure in airplanes. If an airplane is not properly inspected and maintained, structure fatigue can cause serious problems, including accidents, injuries and even death of innocent passengers.
In the Fall of 2017, New Yorkers interested in aviation safety may have been paying attention to the ruling in a case of aircraft design defects. The U.S. Department of Justice reported that the President of Aerospec, Inc. received a sentence of two years' imprisonment and three years supervised release.
If the skies could speak, they might reveal a galaxy of secrets from aviation history. From the earliest design flaws in the Christmas Bullet - an early 1900's plane intended to have flapping wings - to the malfunctions engineers say caused recent engine failures in Boeing aircraft, structural defects create serious problems for the airline industry. Fatal plane crashes in New York and around the world leave family members to question who has the final say when design defects have catastrophic outcomes.
In the television show "Dead Like Me," the main character was killed by a toilet seat falling from a commercial airplane. This is certainly a frightening prospect, and you might worry if something similar could happen to you. After all, countless planes fly over New York every day. It might seem only a matter of time until something falls from a plane and lands on someone.
At Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP, in New York, we understand that a plane crash may be the type of accident you most fear. Whether the crash involves a sightseeing helicopter, a private plane or a huge commercial jet, your life is at stake in any kind of aviation accident.
New York aviation accidents are rare for multiple reasons. For example, government organizations maintain strict oversight over aircraft builders, and these manufacturers are held responsible when they lapse in their duties to keep you safe during flights or provide you with clear warning communications.
The recent helicopter tragedy over New York's East River raised a multitude of questions about helicopter and flight safety, and the Federal Aviation Administration has enacted a new ban on "doors off" helicopter flights in its aftermath. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand the risks raised by these and other dangerous and defective aircraft components, and we have helped many victims and family members of helicopter and plane crash victims seek appropriate recourse following accidents.
New York residents may remember when a small plane crashed on the way to Florida in September of 2014. Last November, the U.S. News & World Report covered the release of the National Transportation and Safety Board's accident report for that crash. The report revealed the cause to be a design flaw that allowed an overheat switch to activate and cut off the air supply to the plane's cabin. Two occupants died in the accident.
As with any heavy machinery, an airplane is not designed to last forever, but how do New York airlines decide when a plane is no longer safe to fly? The lifespan of an airplane, according to Prime Industries Inc., is not a cut and dry thing. It requires many factors to be considered before an airplane is deemed too old to fly.