When you need to fly internationally, you may wonder if you will be safe. It isn't uncommon for New York residents to question the safety of air travel and to be a little concerned when taking a foreign flight. In fact, USA Today reports that with many new stories on foreign flights crashing, being skeptical is reasonable.
You might wonder how international air disasters are handled by the United States. If you, a New Yorker and US citizen, are flying on an international flight that experiences a problem, will you still be offered the same protection as you would on a domestic flight? These questions are best answered by learning more about the National Transportation Safety Board, which is an agency that investigates accidents involving transportation, including flights.
A New Yorker may discover many legal challenges are involved in litigation after a plane crash. There are, however, unique hurdles to overcome when attempting any international action against a commercial carrier in a case involving an incident of loss or injury in a foreign country or over open seas.
When it comes to international airplane accidents, there are many different reasons why an aircraft can go down. While many people in New York are afraid of bad weather, this is not the biggest contributor to these accidents. We at Kreindler and Kreindler can fight for your rights if you or a loved one were injured or killed in an international plane crash.
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.
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.”
Planes fly all over the world every single day. In some ways, our world has become smaller because of the ease with which we can traverse the planet. But it is still a very big world, and it can feel especially large when a loved one has been injured or killed in a commercial plane crash outside the United States.
We recently wrote about the major charter plane crash in Colombia that resulted in the deaths of 71 people, including most members of a Brazilian soccer team. The team had been flying to a very important competition when the plane went down in the mountains of Colombia.
One of most tragic accidents in the news recently was the fatal airplane crash near Medellin, Colombia. In late November, a Brazilian soccer team was traveling to a competition when the plane crashed into a mountain. In total, 71 people died, including most of the team, most journalists traveling with the team and most of the plane's crew.
We discuss many types of aviation accidents on this blog but a lot of our readers may not understand the basics of aviation accident law. This type of law covers any accident that involves an aircraft. Aircrafts include privately owned airplanes, commercial passenger jets, hang gliders, helicopters and even some drones.