As the four-year anniversary of a commercial aviation accident near Buffalo, New York, approaches, several wrongful death lawsuits are still working their way through federal court in regard to the crash, which took place in wintry weather. Continental Flight 3407 crashed in February 2009, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground.
When a relatively new aircraft hits the market, it undergoes a battery of tests and simulations to make sure it is safe to fly. However, despite that, it sometimes happens that defective products are installed or the plane is otherwise not performing up to expectations. That has happened with alarming frequency in recent weeks with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, which is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately.