When you board an aircraft in New York or another part of the country, you likely do so without thinking too much about whether the aircraft you will ride in is, in fact, safe for travel. Regrettably, several recent fatal plane crashes have raised concerns about air travel and potentially defective flight control software, and so much so that the company behind the planes at the center of the controversy are slowing production on new ones. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand that many Americans are now hesitant to travel on these particular planes, and we have helped many people who suffered injuries or lost loved ones in plane crashes seek recourse.
If you are a little intimidated about flying on a commercial aircraft, you are not alone. Many people are nervous when boarding an airplane, especially when flying long distances. Although the Federal Aviation Administration requires American aircraft to be inspected and maintained on a routine basis, accidents occur and unfortunately, lives have been lost due to equipment malfunctions and systems failures. As with all equipment and parts, aircraft equipment has aging patterns and diligent teams work to ensure people catch these problems before they result in a catastrophic accident.
Boarding a small plane or helicopter in New York or another part of the country brings with it inevitable risk, and while environmental conditions, pilot errors and similar circumstances can all cause crashes, manufacturing defects are another common area of concern. Recently, a thorough investigation into a deadly military helicopter crash revealed that a defect during the manufacturing process played a key role in the crash. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that aircraft defects and design flaws are common contributors to plane and helicopter crashes, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of manufacturing defects seek appropriate recourse.
When you decide to file an aircraft products liability lawsuit in New York, you will need to discuss with your attorney the legal theory or theories under which you should bring your case.
Whether you are using it for business or for pleasure, owning an aircraft can be extremely rewarding. It is imperative, however, that you register your aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration to avoid any registration violations. In order to be eligible to register your aircraft, the plane may not be currently registered in any other country. The owner of the aircraft must also be a citizen of the United States or a citizen of another country that is legally admitted to live permanently in the U.S.
When you board a plane in New York or another part of the nation, you probably feel confident that the aircraft has undergone careful checks for safety, and that there are not defective aircraft components that could potentially threaten your life. Regrettably, however, this is not always the case, as evidenced by a string of dangerous incidents involving jet engine failures that released debris into the plane or air. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we work to hold airlines accountable when defective aircraft components threaten lives, and we have helped many clients hurt in related incidents pursue appropriate recourse.
In this day and age of advanced technology, automated pilot technology is on the brink of taking over the aviation industry. It isn't uncommon for pilots to switch over to autopilot for a period of time while the plane cruises at a steady altitude during a flight. Now experts are considering removing the human pilot from the picture and using autopilot to fly the plane. Although planes that are piloted using artificial intelligence may eliminate human error, it may also increase the need for litigating cases that involve failed software design, development, manufacture, implementation and utilization.
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.